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NHL Commish Blames Media for Spreading Fear About Brain Injuries in Letter to Senator

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is denying the link between concussions and CTE — a degenerative brain disease found in many retired football and hockey players, among others.

In a letter to Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) obtained by The New York Times, Bettman blamed the media for sensationalizing their reporting on brain trauma.

“The NHL chooses to be guided on this very serious subject by the medical consensus of experts examining the science, not the media hype,” Bettman wrote. 

Bettman went on to try to distance his league from the NFL in matters relating to CTE, in the process seeming to imply that the NFL has been dismissive of the possible link between CTE and concussions:

[R]esearchers at Boston University’s CTE Center — the most publicized researchers on CTE in football — told the NHL (and me personally) that hockey is a vastly different sport than football, making it difficult to necessarily relate or link hypotheses on CTE as between the two sports. Likewise, any suggestion that the NHL has been “dismissive” of a potential casual link between concussions and CTE is simply not true.

Read the full report by the Times’s John Branch — a Pulitzer finalist in 2011 for his series about an ex-NHL player found to have CTE after dying from a drug and alcohol overdose — here.

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