By Robert A. Vella
A report by ESPN’s Outside the Lines program found that the National Football League (NFL) attempted to influence a scientific study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) into concussions and other brain traumas linked to a disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) discovered in many former players of the sport.
The report asserts that the NFL rescinded its $30 million donation for the NIH study over “concerns” about the lead researcher Dr. Robert Stern of Boston University. The report also included an allegation by a senior NIH official that the NFL retained “veto power” over the study as a condition for its donation. The NFL has described the report as “inaccurate.”