Jerry Jones continues to put his head in the sand on the link between the NFL and CTE.
Maybe Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is the one who needs to get his head checked!
On Tuesday, Jones called the link between chronic traumatic encephalopathy(CTE)and football “absurd,” adding “there’s not enough data” at the owner’s meetings in Florida, according to numerous media outlets.
Jones’ comments come just one week after the league’s top health honcho said there “certainly” was a link between the brain disease and playing the game.
According to the Washington Post, Jones said: “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. There’s no research. There’s no data.”
When Jones was asked if he thought there was enough evidence to link CTE to playing football, he told the newspaper, “No, that’s absurd,” Jones told the Post. “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.”
Jeff Miller, the NFL’s senior vice president for health and safety, acknowledged the relationship between football and CTE last Monday, the first time
Front page of the New York Daily News for January 30, 2016.
a league official had connected the sport to the brain-destroying disease linked to the deaths of Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer Mike Webster, San Diego Chargers star Junior Seau and other athletes.
Miller admitted the link during a roundtable discussion on concussions convened by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, according to ESPN.
Miller was definitive when Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) asked him if a link between football and CTE had been established.
“The answer to that question is certainly yes,” Miller said.
For Jones, however, the jury is still out.