Archive for December, 2015

‘Concussion’ Movie Better Than Expected — But What Matters Now Is Bennet Omalu Foundation’s Complicity With Youth Football

Published December 26th, 2015, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick     How much more convenient it would be for my curmudgeonly tendencies if Concussion, Peter Landesman’s new movie starring Will Smith as Bennet Omalu, were simply bad. In reality, it’s a heck of a lot better than I expected. Film is a powerful medium. Those less knowledgeable about this one’s narcissistic […]

Will the Real Bennet Omalu Please Stand Up?

Published December 21st, 2015, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick     On Friday, the movie Concussion, starring Will Smith with a bad West African accent as Dr. Bennet Omalu, opens at a theater near you. Like many of you, I’ll be seeing and forming my opinions about the film itself that day. This post concludes my thoughts on the Concussion hype: […]

In His Own Words: What Bennet Omalu Said to Me in 2011 About the ‘CTE Discovery’ Controversy

Published December 18th, 2015, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick (PREVIOUSLY: “Introducing Our Coverage of Bennet Omalu’s CTE Discovery Authenticity Mess,” In May 2011 Boston’s Sports Legacy Institute (since renamed the Concussion Legacy Foundation) and the Boston University Center for the Study of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy had just released the brain autopsy findings on retired NFL star Dave Duerson, who committed […]

Introducing Our Coverage of Bennet Omalu’s CTE Discovery Authenticity Mess

Published December 18th, 2015, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick     With the Concussion movie about to go into full national release, the Associated Press has examined the controversy over whether Bennet Omalu deserves sole credit for discovering and naming chronic traumatic encephalopathy. See “Concussion movie subject exaggerated role, researchers say,” In my view, what is most disappointing about Concussion […]

‘Concussion’ Movie Realizes Its Vision — Job For Ridley Scott’s Wife at University of Pittsburgh’s Bennet Omalu Foundation

Published December 16th, 2015, Uncategorized

“Extreme corruption steals our dignity from us as human beings and degrades us to the level of animals, and not the children of God that we rightfully are.” — Bennet Omalu “Pitt researchers already rank as the most cited in published works about traumatic brain injuries, which is another focus of the foundation, organizers said.” — Pittsburgh […]