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is it still ethical to watch football?

Malcolm Gladwell's old New Yorker piece about football, brain injuries and dog fighting http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/10/19/091019fa_fact_gladwell#ixzz1tpsL4hMW popped to mind when I heard about Junior Seau's apparent suicide. Couple that with all of the lawsuits from former players and the laundry list of guys killing themselves like Dave Duerson and Andre Waters to name just two, and you have to start to wonder if watching football, playing football, allowing our kids to play football, or supporting other combat sports like boxing and MMA are still ethically acceptable.

Let's face facts, for all the horror stories you hear about from ex-players willing to speak out there are way more living in silent constant pain...and it is our fandom and $'s that grease the engine. One has to wonder if the evolution of the modern athlete and the advancements in training, nutrition and mostly the paydays achievable by those willing to suffer the consequences have outstripped our bodies ability to absorb the beatings taken to achieve success in these sports and that we are knowingly encouraging people do long term harm to themselves...Which is of course by definition unethical.

in my other thread, ode to Warriors past, some of us talked about the guys we've rooted for in the past and the traits that lead us to admire them, but those same traits might be wrecking these men's lives. I've grown up a Viking fan since age 5, I've been a boxing/mma fan since I was a child and since UFC1 but I now wonder if I should give all of that up because I can no longer ignore the fact that more than just pinkies and ankles are getting hurt on any given sunday.....My justification has always been these are grown men who know the risks, but to get to their level they had to have practiced and played since they were little kids, absorbing the punishment long before they could truly calculate those risks..........

Anyone else having their doubts about the ethical and moral implications of supporting a sport where multiple men get seriously hurt every week, where men like Dennis Byrd & Mike Utley get paralyzed and where no matter what we do make the game safer, people will do damage that we can see and perhaps a lot more that we can't see until years latter when it is too late? And yes I know other sports are dangerous, even deadly like downhill skiing, car racing and even baseball but the requirement to absorb repeated punishment is not built into the nature of those sports......




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