Appearing on CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell refused to admit that football played any part in the brain injuries suffered by numerous football players (video below).
More than 2,000 former professional football players filed a 2012 lawsuit that claims the NFL intentionally concealed information about the link between concussions and long-term brain injuries, reports RawStory.com.
"In the NFL, we’re changing the rules, we’re making sure the equipment is the best possible equipment, we’re investing in research to make sure we can address concussions, not just to make football safer at the NFL level, but all levels in other sports,” said Goodell.
Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer then asked: “Do you now acknowledge that there is a link between the game and these concussions?”
"That’s why we’re investing in the research. So that we can answer the question, what is the link? What causes some of the injuries that our players are still dealing with? And we take those issues very seriously,” answered Goodell.
Schieffer added: “You now acknowledge that there is a connection?”
“Well, Bob, again, we’re going to let the medical individuals make those points,” Goodell said. “We’re going to give them the money, advance that science. In the meantime, we have to do everything we can to advance the game and make sure it’s safe.”
“In fact, we’re all learning more about brain injuries, and the NFL has led the way. We started a concussion committee back in the mid-90s with the players’ association to study these issues and advance science. We’re obviously now learning more and more, and we’re investing more and more. And I think that’s going to lead to answers, even outside of brain injury, even to brain disease.”