Posted July 23, 2013

Bengals owner: Linking concussions and dementia is “speculation”

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Bengals owner Mike Brown says linking concussions and dementia is “speculation” (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Bengals owner Mike Brown says linking concussions and dementia is “speculation.” (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

More than 4,000 former NFL players are suing the league, claiming that the NFL withheld information about the long-term effects of playing football. They say that repeated hits and concussions can lead to dementia and other brain injuries.

But Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown isn’t convinced. He says he isn’t sure there is a link between concussions and dementia because there isn’t enough research to draw that conclusion that football causes brain damage when players get older.

“No one really knows what concussions mean, especially as you grow older,” Brown said Tuesday to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It’s not only not proven, it’s merely speculation that this is something that creates some form of dementia late in life. Our statistics — the ones I’ve seen anyway — don’t show that.

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“I’m not convinced that anybody really knows what concussions bring, what they mean later in life if anything.”


9 comments
bobinpowell
bobinpowell like.author.displayName 1 Like

So how many concussions has Mike Brown had in his younger years?  That could explain a LOT!

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

The last time I saw Mike Brown he was the Iraqi Minister of Information during the U.S invasion. 

PWINGS
PWINGS like.author.displayName 1 Like

In a related story, voters in Cincinnati and Bengals fans aren't convinced there are any conclusive links between Bengals' owner Mike Brown and responsible ownership and civic responsibility.

Michael39
Michael39

The guys at Exxon say the same thing about climate change.  The guys at Phillip Morris say the same thing about cigarettes.  When are people going to wise up and put petty partisan differences aside and realize that these people are the real enemies?

GeoffreyHolland
GeoffreyHolland

he only says this because his concussion induced dementia is really bad.

LesterBallard66
LesterBallard66 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Dr. Mike Brown, the neurobiologist. 

rayal
rayal

@LesterBallard66 fact is he is right.  There is NO conclusive evidence.  The CDC just announced that they were totally wrong about salt harming people's health.  So obviously there are a lot of things that they don't know and act like they do after decades of putting people on low salt diets.  It is like blaming an antidepressant drug given to a person struggling with suicidal feelings to help them for the person committing suicide.  How is the drug responsible for something that the person was already bent on doing?