Very interesting article. What stood out was the statement that people responded to Dr. Omalu in a way that immediately tried to discredit him based on his ethnicity: "The National Football League reacted with outrage, demanding a retraction of the paper. "They said I was Nigerian -- what I was doing wasn't science, I was practicing voodoo medicine," he recalled." This is not uncommon and speaks to the lack of consciousness that we exhibit when emotional threats (attachment to the sport of American football) or financial threats (NFL, vendors, broadcasters) are perceived. Dr. Omalu's emotional connection to the sport is likely to be less than mine or if you are a fan, yours. Scientifically, his seemingly extreme statements have to be put into context and examined as the problem is a clear one. Given the escalating dialogue about it over the past few years, it is probably bigger than we think and starts when simple aspirations of a professional sports career germinate.
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