Will Smith plays the controversial Dr. Bennet Omalu who discovered the brain disease CTE.
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Im 6'0 150 and of very average strength. I was trying to mimic some hard closed fist slaps to a punching bag, similar to an O line man. 50 of those FROM ME a day would obviously mess you up. Now imagine a guy 5x my strength.
I Love football but it's so fucked up how they just push aside important fact findings to save a the players health, & Life. The fuckin NFL is the biggest criminal enterprise. Jr Seau's family should sue the NFL.
People keep saying concussions are a problem and that's scary to parents but it's important to learn how to hit if you don't use the head to make contact but instead use the shoulder you will be in the right direction because as long as you avoid the head use in contact then chance of concussion goes down also those head to head direct impacts won't happen a lot more as long as kids are taught how to hit properly and everyone should be taught how to hit properly no matter the level
Not true. You can get a concussion from simply your head whiplashing the ground without you leading with your helmet. Also positions such as offense/ defensive line force you to use your head first. You cant avoid it.
How that fuck can you consider football too dangerous? These people get multi million contracts to play what they love playing: football.
The people in the military get paid shit for salary and they don't get so much attention. They get concussions and no one seems to give a shit.
The injuries in this sport are well worth the paid. If they paid that to the military i bet you no one would complain.
skymaster4ever so not being able to remember conversations past 5 minutes, being in a wheelchair for the rest of your life, possibly losing your sanity, and needing assistance to simply get out of bed everyday is worth it? You sound ignorant.
There are 2 sources of horrendous pain I have experienced. A shot to the balls....which is essential for me to protect them to propagate the species. And a shot to the head, which sends me the biologic message that this injury should be avoided at all cost. This sport is ridiculous. It's days are numbered. America will only tolerate so much of this gladiator crap.
Look up Gerald McClellan to see a heartbreaking example of what trauma to the brain can do. You wouldn't hit your finger with a hammer over and over and expect not to cause injury. The fact that people even debate wether it's "real" is insane. You may not care but you can't say it's not valid.
Dr Omalu is not the problem here, he is not jealous of football. it's very selfish of us as fans to see players go through this fate for our entertainment. But, at the same time, America and the NFL does not force football on individuals, it's a personal choice. Football is America, real American Identity. As we all know football owns Sundays, it's bigger than GOD and Church. However the questions I ask my self are, Do I wanna see football diminish? Absolutely NOT, I love the game too much that it has become a part of me. Is it selfish of me to keep watching? YES & NO, because of my viewership and many others viewerships football is North America's number 1 (USA and Canada) sport. What Can we do about this? Ban football? NO NO NO, you don't ban football, but make it safer (Not Roger Godell type bullshit safer), America has most prestigious universities in the world with master mind scientist, professors, doctors and engineers. Work on an end product (Helmets and Protective gear), which will negate (Not Minimize) the effects of CTE, make this game safe for the current and the future Generations. spend money, flow it like a river, but make the game safe. Cuz for some of us, football is life, and we never wanna doubt the game, EVER.....
You have an addiction to watching men harm each other. It is a sickness. The only 100% safe way to play football is by touch only, not tackle. These males are entering the sport because they believe it lifts them up in your eyes. They become American heroes for a short time. Without the viewership, without the idol worship they receive from fans, they would have no other choice than to prefer health and a long life instead of repeated physical abuse followed by a progressive decline in health and dignity.
American Football may be a sport that will be gone in 20 years. I cant front I love the sport myself. BUT, Truth is truth. What is more important Living or becoming literally killing yourself to become rich and Dying young and not being able to spend those riches. Think of all the parents that have their kids in football. Before we knew, one cannot blame anyone. Now we know...
I get the argument of collision sports causing CTE, however there are plenty of former athletes who don't show signs of CTE and brain damage. I think this is still in the early days of study and the media are just running wild with it, as an example the making of the movie Concussion, and the fact that the media focuses on isolated incidents. Give it more time to make a proper conclusion
The same was once said of smoking. Not everyone who smokes will get cancer or a heart attack. However, ask ANY doctor in this world, and every single one of them, without exception, will tell you that smoking is bad for the human body. So, when you say, "Give it more time to make a proper conclusion." I find this very dangerous because we know enough today to predict, with a VERY STRONG confidence, that banging your head against anything isn't good for one's health. Yes, sure, some people can play football for 20 years and not suffer any problems, just like how someone can smoke for 50 years and still live to be 100. But, in the meantime, the question I ask you is, "Are you willing to have your kid be the guinea pig, by allowing him to play football, only to find out in the end that, indeed, football does damage the brain?"
When is the NFL going to repay the families? and support the children who's dad's gave their lives for the sport? literally? The NFL has so much money and yet, they drop them like a hot potato - concussion did not cover the family trauma at all- nor the devastation to them financially and legally.
I'm referring to those NFL players that played a couple seasons - their rule of 4 gives the NFL the opportunity to cycle players after only 3- then they are off the hook for this terrible condition- often diagnosed as Bi-polar, ADHD, or a miriad of mental health mood swings. Most NFL players. showed signs as teens off being "out of control" boys who love living on the edge. High School and College love these young men- they give them scholarships and diplomas for their love of brut force.
Hey look at me we are victims too... dozens of men dying old wretched from years of body wrecking sport that is legal and praised vs domestic abuse that is illegal and demonized by media, makes me wonder if women do really feel empathy towards men
Concussion was amazing. This guy helped change the game. I applaud his courage and will to sacrifice for what he believed. More movies should chronicle these kind of people who change the world we live in. God bless.
I think the worst thing that will happen to Will Smith I'd that some hard core football fans will boycott his movies. Football and the NFL will survive perhaps in a different and safer form. Full contact football is and will always be a rough spot.
What a man... Proof that the sky is not the limit,, It doesnt matter were you come from, your race or anything. Passion and love for what you do is key,, Great respect. Cant wait to see the movie. God Bless You dr Omalu.
As I recall, Oscars are not given for being in a movie from start to finish. They're awarded on how impressive and memorable the performance comes across, and I daresay, Morse's performance appears to be the only standout in the whole flick. The rest are standard but forgettable...
I'm so sorry Elaine Marie its commen sense head trauma will cause problems...my son use to fall so much as a child that I truly believe its the reason my son has child like ways when he's in his twenties that hasn't gone away
Excellent interview of an extraordinary physician.
I am wondering about my own CTE, not from football or sports.
But from the 18 years of my parents beating me up, almost daily, since birth, until I could leave home.
They committed even more heinous acts, but I cannot elaborate.
I have many neurological disorders, epigentic effects which negate proof of causality, and may explain my early dementia onset.
Many children have had this happen, and it is occurring now.
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