205: The NFL, Brain Trauma, and Domestic Violence


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It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the National Football League. Ever since a sickening video emerged on September 8th of Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee (now-wife) Janay Palmer, the public outcry over the league’s handling of a series of domestic violence issues has been at fever pitch, even reaching the nation’s highest office. All the while, the looming specter of concussion consequences is generating more discussion than ever regarding the future viability of the sport itself.

But is there a link between playing a violent sport involving repeated hits to the head, and someone’s propensity to commit domestic violence? To discuss the evidence, Guy Evans welcomes Dan Diamond, contributor at Forbes.com and author of the recent article ‘Does Playing Football Make You Violent?

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