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Taking a knee and brain injuries

by Philip F. Jacobus, CEO | October 11, 2017
It is ironic to me that more attention has been given to football players who take a knee than has been given to brain injury.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a big issue in American football but our athletes seem to suck it up and face the consequences of playing the game.

I did not hear President Trump ever raise this issue.

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Many athletes have the perception that young people of color are singled out by the police, these same athletes are not afraid to be outspoken.

Do you agree with their position? Or do you disagree?

I keep thinking about what my father, the World War II veteran, would say...

He believed that he went to war to defend our way of life. That he was protecting our freedoms. Freedoms like speech, assembly and even the right to bear arms.

He told me that there will always be prejudices, whether there are racial prejudices, economic prejudices, religious prejudices or even political prejudices. His religious faith taught him to keep an open mind and to follow the golden rule.

I have turned down the chance to attend a football game, and I do not watch sports on television. I do not think that young people of color get a fair shake, and I do not think women do either. I am not sure what to do about it, but I do believe that these football players have the right to speak their mind.

Still, I wonder why Trump turned it into an issue of national importance. Did he have a political agenda?

There were four U.S. solders killed in Niger six days ago. They were ambushed while serving our country. As of the time I wrote this, Trump has not tweeted on the subject.

Before the president made an issue out of the athletes I think only one or two players were involved. Now whole teams are engaged.

They take risks with their brains and their bodies and, in my opinion, they have as much right to peacefully express themselves as we have to not watch the games.

What would my dad say about kneeling during the National Anthem? He probably would not agree with it. He taught me to stand at attention with my hand over my heart during the national anthem and I always do. When I have the chance I sing. However, I believe that prejudices that exist in the U.S. threaten to change our way of life and even my dad might be willing to accept kneeling if he felt it was for the greater good.

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About Phil Jacobus

Phil Jacobus has been involved in health care since 1977, when he visited China to sell equipment. He has done business in 35 countries and still travels extensively. Phil is active in charity, helps rural clinics and always tries to help DOTmed users when he can.

Phil is a member of AHRA, HFMA, AAMI and the Cryogenic Society of America. He has contributed to a number of magazines and journals and has addressed trade groups.

Phil's proudest achievement is that he has been happily married to his wife Barbara since 1989, who helped him found DOTmed in 1998.


Gary Provenzano

Goodell is The Problem

October 15, 2017 02:46

He had the chance to enforce the rule book , or the "game operations manual".

The NFL rulebook makes no mention of the national anthem. But the game operations manual does.

Here’s what the game operations manual says regarding the national anthem, according to an NFL spokesperson:

‘The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.

‘During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.’

If he had the intestinal fortitude, and necessary intellect, to end this at that point, he alone would have taken the heat. But No, this "disrespect" hilarity. The POTUS is disrespecting the NFL , well I forGotti! Fredo!

"Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities."

Goodell will be gone . Soon.

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