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February 25, 2022

The Tirrell Williams Exertional Heatstroke Death at Fort Scott Community College Football in Kansas Is Looking a Lot Like the Braeden Bradforth Exertional Heatstroke Death at Garden City Community College in Kansas

PREVIOUSLY: “Another Exertional Heatstroke Death in Kansas Junior College Football: Tirrell Williams, Fort Scott Community College,” February 22, https://concussioninc.net/?p=14942   by Irvin Muchnick   Before getting […]
February 22, 2022

Another Exertional Heatstroke Death in Kansas Junior College Football: Tirrell Williams, Fort Scott Community College

by Irvin Muchnick   Sam Zeff of Kansas Public Radio, who did some of the very best reporting on the exertional heatstroke (EHS) death of Braeden […]
February 7, 2022

‘Football hero: How George Visger survived the NFL and traumatic brain injury — barely’ (full text from Salon)

The piece below was originally published at Salon on January 29, at https://www.salon.com/2022/01/29/football-hero-how-george-visger-survived-the-nfl-and-traumatic-brain-injury–barely/. I’ve done a couple of touch-ups. Sean McVay, coach of the Super Bowl-bound […]
January 29, 2022

Today at Salon: ‘Football hero: How George Visger survived the NFL and traumatic brain injury — barely’

Along with 100 million fellow citizen-spectators, give or take, a 63-year-old former NFL defensive lineman named George Visger will be watching the Super Bowl in two […]
January 11, 2022

The Nexus of Sickle Cell Trait and Football Death Is Not Fit to Print in the New York Times

by Irvin Muchnick   On December 28, New York Times medical writer Gina Kolata did an article about how African-Americans are inadequately alerted to the basic […]
January 5, 2022

Tragic Update on the Irish Casualties of the 2015 Berkeley Balcony Collapse

Today, Broadsheet in Ireland publishes my updated photos, from in front of the Library Gardens apartment complex in Berkeley, California, of the sidewalk memorial to the […]
December 20, 2021

Good News May Loom in Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Appalling Defamation Lawsuit Against a Critic. And ‘SLAPP’ Target Bill Villa Is Poised to Countersue DA James Martin.

P.S. 12/22/21 Two days after the piece below went live, I learned that Judge Shenkin, on December 15, already had denied Villa’s motion for summary judgment. […]
December 12, 2021

Do-Nothing U.S. Center for SafeSport Finally Does Something! Of Course, That Something Is to Legally Harass a Lawyer For Abuse Victims.

by Irvin Muchnick   Readers of this site know that I consider the U.S. Center for SafeSport – the de facto nascent Internal Affairs Bureau for […]
December 6, 2021

‘Football’s unknown epidemic: When Black players die suddenly, the cover-up begins’ (full text from Salon)

The piece below was originally published at Salon on November 13, at https://www.salon.com/2021/11/13/footballs-unknown-epidemic-when-black-players-suddenly-the-cover-up-begins/.   by Irvin Muchnick   In the predawn hours of February 7, 2014, […]
December 5, 2021

At Virginia Union University, Another Originally Mislabeled Cardiac Event Death During Football Conditioning Turns Out to Be ‘Acute Sickle Cell Crisis’

by Irvin Muchnick   On November 17 this blog published a pungent follow-up to my recent Salon article about non-traumatic football conditioning deaths, with special focus […]
November 17, 2021

In a Telling Sign For Football’s Future — And After a Trail of Death and Scandal — Fort Scott Community College in Kansas Eliminates the Sport

by Irvin Muchnick   Over the weekend, Salon published my article pulling together some of the details on the University of California-Berkeley’s cover-up of the 2014 […]
November 13, 2021

Today at Salon … ‘Football’s unknown epidemic: When Black players die suddenly, the cover-up begins’

In the predawn hours of Feb. 7, 2014, a pre-med student named Ted Agu, a son of Nigerian immigrants and a walk-on player for the University […]
November 12, 2021

Saturday at Salon: ‘African-Americans love football, but football doesn’t seem to love them back. Not even when it’s a matter of life and death.’

July 26, 2021

From Ireland’s Broadsheet: ‘George Gibney and the Power of the Olympic Movement’

A reprint of the article here yesterday — the “director’s cut” of my February piece for the Colorado Springs Gazette.   Irvin Muchnick: Gibney And The Power […]
July 25, 2021

As Olympics Start, Read the Full History of Ireland’s 1984 and 1988 Swimming Coach George Gibney — Most Notorious At-Large Sex Criminal in Sports History

This article adapts and expands on the one originally published in the Colorado Springs Gazette on February 27 under the headline “Podcasts stir new abuse allegations […]
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