President Barack Obama issued an interview with The New Republic, and portions of the interview via the president’s comments became public on Saturday due to their controversial nature in the field of school sports as well as professional sports.
Though the president has two young daughters – Sasha and Malia – and does not have any sons, his comments regarding football, of which Obama is a hard-core fan, included the assertion that he would have to think long and hard before allowing a son of his – if he had one – to play football due to the physical toll the extremely physical sports takes on youngsters and adults as well.
Obama told The New Republic magazine that he thinks the sport is going to probably change gradually in the future in a reduce some of the violence in playing the game – and, naturally, reducing the risks of playing. While Obama admits that such future measures may make the game less exciting for spectators, he says that the needed-measures will make the game better for the participatory players on the field.
Obama is more concerned about college football players than the professionals because the college players are not unionized like the pros and have nothing to fall back on when injured.
President Obama speaks at length regarding gun control as well during the interview. The entire interview will appears in the Feb. 11 issue of The New Republic.