As I reported on my blog, the National Football League bragged that commissioner Roger Goodell got a standing ovation for his speech Monday at the convention of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) in Washington. In his speech, Goodell repeated a laundry list of initiatives on the national football concussion crisis that many critics believe are inadequate, unenforced, and unenforceable. The NFL also has been documented to have manipulated research and misled the public on traumatic brain injury for decades. For that reason, I liken a standing ovation for Goodell by a professional medical group to one for a CEO of a tobacco company announcing the introduction of filtered cigarettes in the 1960s.
Below is my letter to Dr. Christopher C. Getch, the president of the CNS and a professor of neurological surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago.
Dear Dr. Getch:
CONTINUED TODAY AT BEYOND CHRON, THE SAN FRANCISCO ONLINE NEWSPAPER: