Pro football's violent toll

  • Article by: FRANK BRUNI , New York Times
  • Updated: December 4, 2012 - 11:23 AM

Jovan Belcher's story echo themes all too familiar in pro football over recent years: domestic violence, substance abuse, erratic behavior, gun possession, bullets fired, suicide.

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muggsh2oDec. 4, 1211:29 AM

No mention of what steroids do to the psyche of these players.

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SnippetDec. 4, 1211:51 AM

Maybe football, a sport in which very large men crash into each other, attracts a more violent sort of athlete than, say, badminton.

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kleindropperDec. 4, 1212:16 PM

Let's compare against some Controls; NBA basketball for example? - Do NBA players have more or fewer problems than NFL players? And now how about against the NHL (which is almost as violent or even moreso with fistfights and whatnot.) - Hmmm, what can we take away from comparing against these two other sports? Now we may have to cross check against other factors; can anyone think of any?

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pistols12Dec. 4, 1212:26 PM

I am outraged by this article. Football breeds a violent culture? Bah! I could smash my computer into a thousand pieces because of the mere thought of such a dopey premise. Does not Frank Bruni know that football players are the gentlest, kindest of souls that run scrimmages upon this earth? And that it is media commentators, like Mr. Bruni himself, who breed much more fights and episodes of strife than any pro football players do? I say that for writing this banal article Mr. Bruni should be violently tackled, have the ball stripped away, and flagged 15 yards for excessive pretentiousness. Goodness!

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boris123Dec. 4, 1212:34 PM

kleindropper: Cross check is 2 minute penalty in hockey. But on a serious note, "...themes all too familiar in pro football over recent years: domestic violence, substance abuse, erratic behavior, gun possession, bullets fired, suicide.">>>>>> These represent typical stories in the daily papers across the country. It is weird to suggust the NFL is plagued with these problems any more than society is as a whole. It's not guns that create this tragedy rather it is people.

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tinkymendozaDec. 4, 1212:43 PM

There's something rotten in the NFL? And we here in Minnesota are stuck with the bill to build a new memorial for their behavior thanks to Dayton, Rybak and a whole host of other dirty politicians.

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ranger78Dec. 4, 1212:43 PM

Is there any proof that football led to this incident?

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elind56Dec. 4, 1212:47 PM

Whether justified or not, it's looking more and more like this game has a limited future. You can only change the basic rules so much before fan interest will fall off sharply. Couple that with very expensive lawsuits and, well...

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marketing guyDec. 4, 1212:57 PM

gimme a break-it's not the sport but the character of some of the people who participate

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FrankLDec. 4, 12 1:17 PM

Maybe it is just two immature, emotionally stunted people with too much money too soon that is the problem. At least the baby is safe.

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