In an interview set to air on Bloomberg News Thursday night, world-renowned and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell called football a “moral abomination” and predicted that the sport will eventually cease to exist.
In the interview, Gladwell asks one simple question.
Can you point to another industry in America in which, in the course of doing business, maims a third of its employees?
We’re not just talking about people limping at the age of 50. We’re talking about brain injuries that are causing horrible, protracted, premature death.
This is in relation to a study by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ brain repository that indicated 76 of 79 former NFL players who have been tested for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) showed signs of a degenerative brain disease. The study also concluded that just under 80 percent of the 128 former football players (at all different levels) tested for CTE posthumously, which is the only way an individual can be tested for the affliction.
Gladwell, who has had five books on The New York Times Best Seller list, is a respected mind in the fields of psychology and social psychology. His book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking has been widely used in corporate America.
He previously covered NFL and the long-term health issues it may cause for players back in 2009, so this isn’t something new. It does speak to how the field of academics and those who represent its thought process view football today.
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