Who needs science when you have money, lots of money? Jerry Jones dove into a sporting and health debate no one needed his input on.
If this were a hundred years ago, Jerry Jones would have likely been the owner and promoter for a very successful circus act, touring the nation and capturing the crowds with flashy entertainment. But instead it is 2016, where Jones has a few billion dollars, runs a massively profitable sports organization and is America’s biggest spectacle (now that the election is over).
If Jones were to give us advice on building a business, running a football organization, or even how to keep a strong brand in the face of a poor product, we would be all ears. But that is not the topic of the day. Concussions, brain damage and overall health. No offense, but I’m not taking any advice from him on these.
In a recent interview with SI, Jerry had the following comments,
We’re way out in front of the implications of brain health, relative to concussions. Way out front. Now, should we be very proactive in trying to get as much information as possible, doing as many studies as possible? Should [the NFL] join with the military [in those studies]? The automobile industry? The umpteen others? Should other sports put some emphasis on studying this? Yes. But to say that it’s a reason not to participate in a sport.
To argue that we’ve identified some of the implications of an action, as the reason to elevate that action, is exactly the right order. Jones makes it sound like he wants to wait until there is a miracle pill they can give players that will prevent brain damage regardless to the number and severity of impact throughout their careers.
He went on to add,
We’re at about the same place with brain medicine as we were about 50 years ago with heart medicine. I believe we’re drawing conclusions so far out in front of the facts. Now, I can live with that, as long as we understand: I’ve seen milk and red meat [debated] for the last 30 years in terms of whether they’re good for you or not. Growing up, taking aspirin was [regarded as] just like taking a drug. Now look where we are today. One a day.
His comparison to aspirin is insane. Follow the logic. At one time, some people believed aspirin was dangerous, now it is recommend to people in many situations. People are now realizing getting your head smashed into by another freakish large and fast human being is a bad thing. How in the future will this be a recommended action?
Jones says that he is a positive case study, without brain trauma, after years of playing. Science is about the single case. People smoke for 60-80 years without getting lung cancer, but no one is going to argue at this point that smoking isn’t harmful to your health. Well let’s give Jerry the chance to argue it I guess…