President Barack Obama made remarks about football players in a Sunday publication of the New Yorker. The president was interviewed by journalist David Remnick who asked Obama how he feels about watching football games now that there are reports about former players experiencing severe health issues such as dementia, according to a Huffington Post report on Monday.
Obama, once again, referred to his mythical son in answering the question. The president said that he would not let his son play pro football. Of course, Obama has two daughters and no son. He said that boxing is in the same realm.
Obama believes that NFL football players know what they’re doing as they know what they’re buying into, he says. He equates his feelings about football players playing football in spite of the dangers to smokers.
The remarks the president made about playing professional football are much the same as he asserted a year ago when he told the New Republic publication, “I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football.” In that interview he spoke about gradually reducing the violence in the sport.
The president’s mythological son became headlines when he spoke about Trayvon Martin a couple of years ago.