The President of the United States, the face we all know as an ambassador for sports, Barrack Obama isn’t keen on letting his son play football. In the light of physical toll players have to endure in football, Barrack Obama reckons his son would have a hard time getting his blessing to play the sport.
Football, a sport every American loves by heart, would cause discord in the Obama household if the President had a son who asked to play the sport. In a recent interview to The New Republic, Barack Obama confessed he was a football fan, but he would stop his son from playing it.
“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,” Barack Obama told The New Republic.
“And I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence," Obama said. "In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won't have to examine our consciences quite as much.”
In the February 11 issue of The New Republic magazine, Barack Obama said he was more worried about college football players with respect to those who were playing with mega-rich NFL teams.
“The NFL players have a union, they're grown men, they can make some of these decisions on their own, and most of them are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies,” Barack Obama explained. “You read some of these stories about college players who undergo some of these same problems with concussions and so forth and then have nothing to fall back on. That's something that I'd like to see the NCAA think about.”