There is little doubt that American professional football is one of the dominant sports on the planet. Save for "futbol", the NFL is a titan in the sports world. Even with the PR hits the league has taken due to player conduct, care of old-time players and the rising concern of injuries taking their toll on current and former players won't stop millions of people from watching the sport.
In the wake of criticism, specifically around the concussion issue, the league has put together an interesting defense mixture to fend off the critics. They simultaneously honor and sweep the deaths purportedly caused by head trauma under the rug; while also standing on a podium of player safety and promoting education on head injuries and tackling at all levels of football. Some of the prominent players listed on a grievance with the league on the concussion front have retracted their names from the settlement recently.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is unimpressed and unconvinced. In a recent sit-down with "King James'"
lapdog friend Chris Broussard, James make it known that he will not allow his two sons to play football. As expected, LeBron Jr. and Bryce have already shown an obvious affinity to round ball, as well as soccer and baseball, but James Sr. won't let his boys play pigskin.
It's an interesting dichotomy surrounding James' opinion on the issue. LeBron himself was an all-state football player in high school, giving it up only because of the reality of the NBA coming to fruition. Was it his personal experiences in the sport that is driving his hard-nosed approach with his kids? Or is it the slew of recent data on injury issues, head trauma and player safety that his him concerned for his kids' potential safety, if they had played the sport?
Either way, don't expect James' offspring to be donning NFL colors in the coming years.