Barack Obama Questions Safety of Football, Future of Sport

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Barack Obama is an unabashed fan of the Chicago Bears and football in general.

But the Commander-in-Chief recognizes that changes may need to be made to the sport, considering studies that prove how its violent hits result in a rash of brain injuries and concussions.

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In an interview with The New Republic, the President says changes may need to be made that may make football "a bit less exciting," but which will address the long-term health of its participants.

"And those of us who are fans maybe won't have to examine our consciences quite as much," Obama says, adding he's unsure if he would allow his son to play the sport.

This Q&A appears in the February 11 edition of the publication, with Obama saying he's mostly focused on college football because professionals are well-paid and are part of a union.

"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," Obama said of NFL players. "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."

What do YOU think? Would you allow your child to play football?

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Barack Hussein Obama II

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