Dr. Bennett Omalu may have discovered chronic traumatic enchelopathy, but he still has a lot to learn when it comes to how football players’ brains work.
Omalu, whose attempts to get the NFL to take his head injury seriously, was the subject of the film. Shaketold TMZ.com after Sunday’s Bills-Dolphins game that the Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa should not have re-entered the game. In particular, Omalu said that Tua should have refused to return to the game.
“Your life should be more precious to you than any amount of money,” Omalu said. “Your life is worth over $10 billion because you cannot replace your life. You only have one life. . . . The responsibility lies with the players. The NFL didn’t put a gun to his head and say, “You have to get back to the game.” He could say, “No.’”
He could, but he wouldn’t. Football players want to play football. Especially when questions continue to arise about the player’s overall abilities and survivability – and when the player is supported by someone who was not shy on the assumption that there might be a way to play.
As explained on Wednesday PFT live, we will defer further comment on Tua’s situation until the completion of the NFL Players Association investigation. It is clear, however, that Tua was staggering not because of a back injury, but because of a head injury. Common sense directly points to this conclusion.
So what happened in the locker room to overcome common sense? Here’s what we need to find out. However, by no means should a player be accused of doing what the player naturally and passionately wants to do. Those responsible for protecting the player must understand that they also need to protect the player from themselves.
Bennett Omalu blames Tua Tagovailoa for staying in the game originally appeared on Football talk