Roger Goodell Is Seen In New, Controversial Concussion Documentary

Some will remember that filmmaker Sean Pamphilon got into trouble, violating the trust of a former Saints player by recording Gregg Williams’ chillingly violent NFC postseason pregame speech. His film, The United States of Football, has no release date at the moment.

Steve James (Hoop Dreams) has been making his own documentary about concussions. It looks like it will be one of the most controversial and most viewed documentaries of 2012. I feel like parents and their sports-playing kids need to see the visible effects not only of the brain damage football causes, but also the other ways this manifests (like seeing a person with ALS at a young age, or talking to Jim McMahon, who will forget a conversation that happened four minutes prior. Here is the trailer – with a clip of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell – for that documentary, Head Games, releasing in September and you are able to request screenings.

I have no issue with a college student who knows the enormous odds of making an NHL or NFL roster and also knows the dangers of CTE  and concussions, making a decision with what to do with their body. Parents, however, should realize that a kid might not fully fathom whether or not they will want the potential long-term effects of their head constantly slamming into the ground, knees, other heads or the ice. I think we will see an exodus of parents pulling their kids out of any sports with significant, repeated concussion risks as the information spreads. I don’t see this as a big deal, as we’ve seen players from other sports pick up a position in football in 1-5 years.

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