Here’s the thing about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, if you put a camera in front of his face, there is about a 95% chance he will say something incredibly stupid, and that is exactly what happened at NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton, Florida on Tuesday. During Jones’s media session, he stated that he believes there needs to be more research done and more data collected in order to confirm that CTE and head trauma caused by head-to-head collisions in football are directly correlated to one another.
“We don’t have that knowledge and background, and scientifically, so there’s no way in the world to say you have a relationship relative to anything here,” Jones said, according to the Washington Post.
“There’s no research. There’s no data. … We’re not disagreeing. We’re just basically saying the same thing. We’re doing a lot more. It’s the kind of thing that you want to work … to prevent injury.”
When pushed by reporters about whether or not he believes football is directly correlated with CTE, Jones shot down the theory.
“No, that’s absurd. There’s no data that in any way creates a knowledge. There’s no way that you could have made a comment that there is an association and some type of assertion. In most things, you have to back it up by studies. And in this particular case, we all know how medicine is. Medicine is evolving. I grew up being told that aspirin was not good. I’m told that one a day is good for you. … I’m saying that changed over the years as we’ve had more research and knowledge.”
First off, what is Jerry Jones talking about that there is no data and no research available and that there needs to be more research done and more data collected? Hey, Jerry, you realize that just over a week ago, NFL senior vice president for health and safety, Jeff Miller, was asked by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill, if there is a link between football and neurodegenerative diseases such as CTE based on the research collected and data currently available? Miller responded with “the answer to that question is certainly yes.”
Obviously, the NFL immediately attempted to recant the statement made by Miller as Commissionheimer Goodell and company realized that one of their own going public and confirming a phenomenon that could jeopardize their billion dollar industry was not exactly a good look. However, the fact remains that the NFL is beginning to realize “hey, maybe when two 250 pound guys collide head-to-head at full speed, it could actually cause concussions or brain diseases.”
Jerry Jones also obviously doesn’t realize that in order to conduct CTE research on a human brain, a scientist must operate on a dead body. Over the last several years, former NFL players such as Junior Seau, Jovan Belcher, Adrian Robertson Jr, and multiple others, committed suicide and were later diagnosed with CTE following autopsies and studies performed on their bodies. So, Jerry, how are we supposed to get more research? Allow more players to take their own lives so that we can cut open their heads and examine their brains? Sounds like a great plan!
We are all used to Jerry Jones saying dumb s*** at this point. Whether it was when he complimented Greg Hardy as a motivational leader of his team and stated he has no issue with Hardy’s angry methods of “motivation” (aka fighting with teammates, beating up/tossing women on beds covered in firearms, etc), or how about the time Jerry called Brandon Weeden the “most gifted passer he had ever seen,” and then proceeded to have him released from the team the following week for “not being able to win.”
Jerry Jones’s mind is in Jerry’s world at all times, and America has known that for a while with his constant spews of idiocy. For him to come out and deny that playing football can cause concussions, CTE, or other such neurodegenerative diseases with all of the current research being done and facts that are available is not only by far the dumbest thing he has ever said, but it may even be the dumbest thing that any NFL owner, player or executive has ever said.
The only thing absurd about Jerry Jones calling the correlation of football and CTE “absurd” is Jerry Jones. This guy has absolutely no care in the world for other people, not even the people who go out there and bust their asses for 16 Sundays in the fall to make him millions. If Jerry Jones cared about the lives and brains of his current or former players, he would shut his mouth and help invest into finding medicine and/or conduct research to discover a cure for CTE. But no, instead, Jerry Jones is off investing in Draft Kings rather than trying to help solve the NFL’s concussion crisis, further proving his greed and his lack of care for those who are making him millions of dollars.
If Jerry Jones had a single ounce of decency in his body, he would help invest in the research being done to cure and get to the bottom of what exactly causes CTE. The American public and scientists already have a good idea that head trauma sustained while playing football or other contact sports almost certainly does have a connection to CTE and other such brain diseases. The average idiot who’s never even watched a single down of football in their life can see it, so why can’t Jerry Jones? The answer is that Jones is either the most obtuse person in the history of the planet, or he does see it, and he knows that by admitting to the problem or by investing in order to fix the problem, he will lose money. You are a billionaire Jerry, an investment into CTE research would be pocket change for you. .
But no, instead, Jerry Jones stands on his high horse refusing to face the facts and refusing to help solve the problem. What a great guy Jerry Jones is, huh?
People already know there is a high risk of injury when playing football. So, when owners like Jerry Jones form the opinion that they cannot admit to something that is clearly occurring in their game because they don’t want to lose money in the future, it really shows how greedy and how scummy these people running this entertainment hotbed are. With all the crap going on the in the NFL (domestic violence, brain diseases/concussions, Deflategate, etc) if the NFL hasn’t imploded by now, it never will. Nothing can take down the NFL, not even brain injuries. Even if it came out that every NFL player would someday suffer from CTE, kids would still grow up wanting to play professional football and people all over America would still tune in every Sunday. Why? Because the NFL’s product is so addictive and so entertaining that people are never going to be willing to give it up. The NFL knows this, but it is not willing to act on its most serious issue, all because the people running it know they are almost untouchable. It really is sad.
Oh, and while we are discussing the subject of dumb decisions and statements being made by Jerry Jones, how about Jerry saying that the possibility of Dallas signing Johnny Manziel “has not been ruled out just yet.” Probably not a good idea to sign a 23-year-old quarterback with a history of drug/alcohol issues and currently has a domestic violence case hanging over his head, but I guess when you are running a circus such as the one Jerry Jones is currently operating down in Big D, anything is possible. Even if a player’s biggest hobbies are sneaking out to nightclubs and terrorizing women, Jones has no problem considering him as an addition to his football team.