Inside the NFL’s Concussion Crisis – Live Chat Transcript

by

The NFL is facing a crisis: A growing number of scientists and thousands of former players are drawing a link between the violent collisions at the heart of the game and an alarming incidence of early-onset dementia and catastrophic brain damage.

The league recently agreed to settle a lawsuit by 4,200 former players who claimed football led to brain damage — but questions about the link aren’t going away any time soon. They may threaten the very future of the game.

In League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis, ESPN journalists Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada investigate how, for years, the NFL fought to dispel those questions by attacking scientific evidence and the researchers who uncovered it.

What did the NFL know about brain injuries, and when did they know it? What’s the truth about the risks to players? What can be done? Is the sport inherently unsafe?

We’ve asked Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada, producer Mike Wiser, and Mike Webster’s son Garrett Webster, to join us in a live chat to answer those questions — and take yours. Garrett is the administrator and player liaison for the Brain Injury Research Institute.

They’ll be joined by special guest questioner Richard Deitsch, a reporter for Sports Illustrated.

You can leave a question in the chat window below, and come by at 1 p.m. ET on Oct. 9 to join the live discussion.

We’d like to thank Sports Illustrated for partnering with us on today’s chat.

blog comments powered by Disqus

In order to foster a civil and literate discussion that respects all participants, FRONTLINE has the following guidelines for commentary. By submitting comments here, you are consenting to these rules:

Readers' comments that include profanity, obscenity, personal attacks, harassment, or are defamatory, sexist, racist, violate a third party's right to privacy, or are otherwise inappropriate, will be removed. Entries that are unsigned or are "signed" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. We reserve the right to not post comments that are more than 400 words. We will take steps to block users who repeatedly violate our commenting rules, terms of use, or privacy policies. You are fully responsible for your comments.

SUPPORT PROVIDED BY

FRONTLINE on

ShopPBS
Frontline Journalism Fund

Supporting Investigative Reporting

Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Major funding for FRONTLINE is provided by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Park Foundation, The Ford Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation.
PBSCPBMacArthur FoundationPark FoundationFord Foundationwyncote

FRONTLINE   Watch FRONTLINE   About FRONTLINE   Contact FRONTLINE
Privacy Policy   Journalistic Guidelines   PBS Privacy Policy   PBS Terms of Use   Corporate Sponsorship
FRONTLINE is a registered trademark of WGBH Educational Foundation.
Web Site Copyright ©1995-2014 WGBH Educational Foundation
PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.