NFL Opener Special: Dr. Joseph Maroon, at His Day Job, Argues CTE With WWE’s Baron Corbin

Published September 10th, 2017, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   The 2017 National Football League season kicks off, and interest among non-hard cores is trending down. Awareness of this sport’s lethality, from cradle to grave, is trending up. That is why I have selected a favorite recent marker of a story whose end point, as I say repeatedly, is clear but […]

UPMC’s Dr. Maroon — ‘The White Coat Who Put the “Inc.” in “Concussion Inc.”‘

Published February 12th, 2015, Uncategorized

[T]hings only got better — or worse, depending on your perspective — in the person of Dr. Joseph Maroon, a neurosurgeon whose patient list spanned all the way from the Saudi royal family to wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino. Maroon was an aging anti-aging huckster whose University of Pittsburgh Medical Center colleagues, at minimum, were linked […]

C.M. Punk Puts Spotlight Back on Dr. Maroon’s Team and WWE ‘Wellness Policy’

Published December 8th, 2014, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   The pro wrestling media did a good job of interpreting the verbal volleys in hours upon hours of recent podcasts by WWE boss Vince McMahon and one of his former top performers, C.M, Punk (real name Phil Brooks), who quit earlier this year under bitter circumstances. Of course, I am a […]

Wrestling Legend Bruno Sammartino, Patient of Dr. Joseph Maroon, Jeopardizes Legacy in New Relationship With WWE

Published February 6th, 2013, Uncategorized

Bruno Sammartino, pro wrestling’s “living legend,” has buried a two-decade-old hatchet and, at age 77, renewed his relationship with WWE and boss Vince McMahon. The deal includes his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame (an even more blatant marketing gimmick than most such Halls), release of a DVD on his career, and television appearances. […]

Feds Indict Dr. Richard Rydze for Growth Hormone Trafficking — Old UPMC-Pittsburgh Steelers Colleague of ImPACT Concussion Management Charlatan Joseph Maroon

Published October 19th, 2012, Uncategorized

Here’s the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette account of Dr. Rydze’s indictment: Rydze made six-figure purchases of human growth hormone by credit card from Internet gray-market drug dealer Signature Pharmacy. He was busted by ESPN’s Mike Fish in this story: I have made periodic reference to Rydze in posts centered on the far-flung Renaissance-man business interests […]