Democrats in the California legislature recently introduced the “Safe Youth Football Act,” a bill designed to outlaw tackle football for all kids under the age of 14.
If the bill were to become law, California would become the first state to enact such a ban, while three other states – Illinois, New York, and Maryland – have also proposed similar legislation over the past month.
Assemblymembers Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) introduced the bill, claiming their intent is to “protect children from brain injury by establishing a minimum age to play in organized tackle football programs.”
The bill is yet another alarmist response to a growing narrative that playing football at a young age leads to brain damage later in life, despite what many experts call “missing links and gaps in knowledge.”
To lend credence to his effort, Assemblyman McCarty included on his website a quote from Dr. Bennet Omalu, the Nigerian-American doctor who claims he discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
“The research is clear – when children participate in high-impact, high-contact sports, there is a 100% risk of exposure to brain damage,” Omalu said. “Once you know the risk involved in something, what’s the first thing you do? Protect children from it.”
Dr. Omalu has long credited himself with discovering CTE, the brain disease he believes playing football causes.
However, according to scientific journals and brain researchers interviewed by the Associated Press, Omalu neither discovered the disease nor named it, and goes too far when he publicly takes credit for naming or discovering CTE.
‘‘It’s just not true, and I think he knows that,’’ said William Stewart, a neuropathologist at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.
‘‘Chronic traumatic encephalopathy has been around for decades. It’s not a new term,’’ Stewart said. ‘‘The only thing I would say that Bennet has done is that he identified it in an American footballer.’’
Omalu also made headlines during the 2016 Presidential campaign when he claimed that Hillary Clinton had been poisoned, after Clinton collapsed while leaving the September 11th Memorial in New York City.
I must advice the Clinton campaign to perform toxicologic analysis of Ms. Clinton’s blood. It is possible she is being poisoned.
— Bennet Omalu (@bennetomalu9168) September 12, 2016
Omalu went on to blame then-candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimier Puttin for the supposed “poisioning” of Clinton.
I do not trust Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump. With those two all things are possible.
— Bennet Omalu (@bennetomalu9168) September 12, 2016
Ohio High School Football Players Reinstated After Suspension For Entering Field With Thin Blue Line, American Flags
Why were they even suspended?
Two Little Miami, Ohio high school football players who were suspended from their team for entering a game while carrying the Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line(commemorating firefighters) flags have been freed from suspension, after community members expressed outrage at the punishment of the two young men.
Jarad Bentley and Brady Williams had been given an indefinite suspension from the Little Miami High School football team for carrying the two flags onto the field before a game, apparently violating a rule against political symbols. The two seniors reject the notion that they were making a political statement, and one of the boys had spoken of his intention to honor first responders, such as his own father, on the anniversary of 9/11.
Two Little Miami football players pay the price for civil disobedience. They were told not to carry onto the field thin blue line and thin red line flags at their 9/11 game. They did anyway. The school has now suspended them from the team indefinitely. #ThinBlueLine #ThinRedLine pic.twitter.com/19y9GAvaxr
— David Winter (@DavidWinterTV) September 14, 2020
After concerned parents and community members organized a protest event to stand with Williams and Bentley, the Little Miami School Board reversed its decision, freeing the senior players from suspension.
The President of the school board seemed keen to establish that the institution “supports police,” perhaps feeling the pressure from angry parents displeased to see the patriotic young men kicked from the football team for an innocuous display of patriotism.
UPDATE: High school players REINSTATED after suspension for honoring 9/11 first responders ==>https://t.co/i7hbJ7VLgr
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) September 15, 2020
They still might face some consequences, and reportedly team officials had commanded the players not to enter the field with the flags. Their punishment will be settled within the athletic department’s code of conduct.
College and high school sports teams put on elaborate displays in support of the left-wing Black Lives Matter movement all the time. Pro-police and firefighter flags are not a political statement by a long shot. This suspension never should’ve been issued in the first place.
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