Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump relationship with the NFL has come in two forms during his campaign. The first, is his mention of the various NFL players, including Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady as friends of his. On the other hand he has already called the league “soft” earlier this year. Now, he’s taken specific aim at the league’s concussion policy.
Yesterday, during a rally in Lakeland, Florida, the presidential candidate mocked the league’s concussion protocol after a woman in the crowd at the rally fainted.
The league’s policy was instituted in 2009 and has continued to evolve to as more research has become available on the link between concussions and CTE. This season, the league implemented fines and loss of draft picks for any team that don’t follow the concussion protocol.
However, despite the rule changes, the NFL has continued to fight the perception that it encourages players to play through concussions and head trauma.
Trump has a history of calling the league soft dating back even before his presidential campaign to 2014, when he lost out on buying the Buffalo Bills to current owner Terry Pegula.
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.