Ohio State Player Death Raises the Concussion Issue

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports
Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday on Huffington Post Live, I was asked about whether or not the tragic death of Kosta Karageorge would bring football’s concussion issue back to a prominent media story. I actually think the topic is still a very big deal.

Karageorge had suffered from multiple concussions, and his death is an apparent suicide. In addition to a regular autopsy, a neuropathologist will look for signs of traumatic brain injury, which is a deeper examination than normal.

But here is the real question: Let’s say the results show that too many concussions lead to his change in behavior. What next? Would a football league tell a player that 1 or 2 concussions and his career must end? Is there a line that should be drawn to signify whether a player can’t play anymore?

Its not just isolated to football. Travis d’Arnaud, Catcher for the New York Mets, has suffered 3 concussions in his professional career. After this latest one, there wasn’t one consideration that maybe he should play anymore. There was some talk about his moving from behind the plate, but that wasn’t something with much credence.

Now there is a pattern to cover concussions in the media. Players suffer, the comments come from retired players, and not enough money is spent on NFL alumni. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about concussions during recent press conference, but Adrian Peterson & Ray Rice have taken head injuries off the front burner.

A few years ago, I did a show on FOX Sports Radio, where I said that we had enough evidence to cancel the NFL. I never stated it as something that should be considered, but I did say that I would look at the sport differently. I do still enjoy football, but I have trouble seeing past the gambling, head injuries, & lack of player discipline off the field that have taken some of my passion for the sport away.

I doubt that any of my readers ever met Kosta Karageorge. I never covered him, or even watched him play. His death is simply something that warrants a discussion that should never have stopped in the 1st place.