Recent comments by a couple of NFL owners downplaying the significance of brain injuries to football players don't sit well with NFLPA president Eric Winston.
The recently re-elected Winston, who plays offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals, says he was "offended" by the comments made by the likes of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in recent weeks.
During an interview on NBC Radio's "PFT Live," Winston responded to the recent headlines around the NFL, CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and brain trauma in football.
A quick recap before his comments:
Irsay told the Sports Business Journal, among other things, "I believe this: that the game has always been a risk. Look at it. You take an aspirin, I take an aspirin, it might give you extreme side effects of illness and your body ... may reject it, where I would be fine. So there is so much we don't know."
Jones told The Washington Post: "We don't have that knowledge and background and scientifically, so there's no way in the world to say you have a relationship relative to anything here. There's no research. There's no data. ... We're not disagreeing. We're just basically saying the same thing. We're doing a lot more. It's the kind of thing that you want to work ... to prevent injury. A big part of this is prevention. But the other part of it is to basically understand that we don't know or have any idea that there is a consequence as to any type of head injury in the future.
Here's more on those comments and others made by NFL owners about head trauma and football.
These comments came on the heels of the NFL's own Jeff Miller publicly admitting a link between football and CTE for the first time.
Here's what Winston had to say about the comments, per PFT:
(h/t to PFT)