posted on Dec, 3 2012 @ 03:16 AM
I think there's something at work here which is so far not been raised.
The NFL has fairly strict control over what their contracted broadcast outlets say. They threw Costas a bone here because, as anyone who has ever
watched this insipid little jackass on HBO can attest to, he is very much a left leaning, pro nanny state doofus. However, the NFL green lighted
making this about the gun in the player's hand because they are scared to death the public is going to start questioning the brain inside the
player's head and the drugs inside the player's medicine cabinet with team doctor signatures on the bottles. This guy had a history of head
injuries and was on several pain killers and concussion related medicines.
Remember Chris Benoit, wrestling fans. The initial idea was steroids, but the coroner report on him indicated some pretty serious past brain
injuries. (Benoit killed his wife, young son, and then himself a couple of years ago for anyone who doesn't know). Now look at the NFL. Currently
they are in what could easily become a fight for survival with former players who suffered from head and brain injuries. A number of these players
have fought everything from depression to substance abuse to outright breakdown of their faculties and all of them have said the teams and the league
doctors threw pills at them, sent them home, and then encouraged them to be right back on the field next game. Throw into this the fact that the
specter of a Congressional investigation into the safety of football has been raised already, long before this incident, and you can see why the
league would LOVE to see the majority of the media focus on the firearm aspect of this crime.
We'll see more of it tomorrow night, as I'm sure Chris Berman will finally snap out of his lovey-dovey head in the clouds from interviewing Obama
the night before the election daze long enough to add his "Why did this man need to own a firearm" voice to that of Costas.
I'm not suggesting that football is to blame here, honestly. I think the players know the risk and, if we live in a country where we've had huge
Supreme Court rulings granting abortion rights as being part of an individual's right over their body, it's the players' right to risk as much of
their health as they choose to make that 7 figure salary. Considering what I said above I still find myself disliking today's NFL because of all the
ridiculous rule changes they've made to remove the high impact collisions I used to live for when I was playing back in school. But facts are facts
and this incident essentially will force the NFL to pay out a lot of money and make a lot of changes or else they'll die as a league.