Revisiting Jovan Belcher

Published September 29th, 2014, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   In a finding that is unsurprisingly in this corner, an examination of the brain of Jovan Belcher, the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker who nearly two years ago shot to death the mother of their infant daughter, then killed himself, shows that he had telltale signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (specifically, tau [...]

Flashback: Wes Welker Suspension Recalls Our 2011 Coverage of How Football Players Beat the Concussion Tests By Abusing Ritalin

Published September 3rd, 2014, Uncategorized

Yesterday the National Football League’s four-game suspension of Wes Welker, the Denver Broncos’ oft-concussed wide receiver, for amphetamine use, led some in the Colorado media to discuss on Twitter our 2011 report on the imminent explosion of Ritalin abuse among football players. See below. CONCUSSION INC: The End of Football As We Know It will [...]

League of Denial

Published November 13th, 2013, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   The most revealing quote in League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth — Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru’s page-turning game-changer of a book — comes early on from Dr. Ann McKee, the central casting blonde-bombshell laboratory coat face of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. She replaced Dr. Bennet Omalu, [...]

Fainaru Brothers Track the Concussion Denial Family Tree, From ‘Dr. No’ to ‘Dr. No Jr.’

Published October 2nd, 2013, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   Appropriately, Dr. Joseph Maroon and his fellow “ImPACT concussion management system” developers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are front and center in separate excerpts of the book League of Denial, by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, which are published today by Sports Illustrated and ESPN: The Magazine. There is every sign that the Fainaru [...]

Wishing Everyone a Reflective 100 Minutes With Sean Pamphilon’s ‘United States of Football’

Published September 22nd, 2013, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   Sean Pamphilon, a one-time ESPN production assistant who has risen to the ranks of elite sports documentary filmmakers, now has produced the very best movie on the football concussion crisis, The United States of Football. Though not accessible everywhere, it has about as wide a release as possible for any nonfiction [...]