Science of the brain may offer answers
When a college football player shows dangerously poor judgment, one must ask whether the resulting mayhem he causes is a result of bad character or is it the first major symptom of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy? CTE is the disease that the national football league has acknowledged as a factor in the suicides of several of its well-known players.
Professor Ann McKee of Boston University, the woman who presented the problem to the attention of the NFL, states that she has seen the same lesions in the brains of high school students and she was shocked by how far advanced the disease was in such young victims. The NCAA should be aware that the ferocious punishment that the college students experience on top of their high school careers may have caused life-long damage that will not be fully identified until the time of the student’s death after postmortem examination of slices of the brain.
The NCAA needs to encourage colleges to join together and set up the same type of fund the NFL has put forward. The fund will not be as large, but any assistance to the college players can only help families should the memory loss and altered thinking caused by CTE manifest itself. My brother often asks the question, “How can kids from good families do such stupid, criminal activities?” The science of the brain may offer an answer to his question.