Just say No to football

This is the reason I am no longer a fan of professional American football. It is one thing to be ignorant of the potential risks associated with an activity; it is another thing entirely to actively suppress for twenty years the fact that your employees are at a much higher risk of suffering life-long brain injury.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Lords of Football are pushing for an 18-game season and weekly Thursday night games, both of which will put their employees at even greater risk of injury through fatigue. So once again we see that the league is less concerned about player health and safety than about making the Big Bucks.

I have been a Denver fan for more than 30 years. I bleed orange (and I have had plenty of opportunities to shed that blood in their various championship game debacles), but I can no longer in good conscience support an enterprise whose owners have a two-decade history of actively suppressing evidence of danger and real harm to their employees.

To make matters worse, the Broncos have been caught twice at cheating the salary cap. One time might be excused as a mistake; two violations in three years make a pattern. My favorite team has cheated. I feel tainted in rooting for them: “Let’s hear it for the cheaters!” is not exactly the kind of slogan I want to rally around.

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