The BALCO scandal happened in 2002 for those who may have forgotten or perhaps never heard of it. The scandal involved a San Francisco Bay area business that supplied anabolic steroids to professional athletes. There was a federal investigation and the whole thing was exposed by two journalists: Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams who wrote a book about it.
Well Fainaru-Wada is back writing another book with Steve Fainaru about another scandal, this time within the NFL. The book is called: The League of Denial: The NFL Concussions and the League of Truth. What they are attempting to do it would seem is expose how the NFL deals with concussions and how they apparently are more concerned with NFL interests than players safety.
No pun intended but anyone with half a brain should realize the potential risk for head trauma in a game where your head is constantly being hit. Yes football injuries to the head (as well as other sports) can lead to concussions, depression, anxiety, dementia and so on.
The NFL is aware of the risks and in fact recently negotiated a $765 million dollar settlement with former players. The purpose of the book is not to point all this out but to explain how the authors believe the NFL has tried to cover it up and say the concussions are no big deal. One of the doctors in the book stated that it’s possible all football players may have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), similar to dementia. If so football may become a dying sport.
Contributing Writer: Cindy