I get all this with the known risk factor and all but they still shouldn't be playing Thursday night. That should be the first thing to go at the next collective bargaining and I don't care what the players have to give up in return. And if the docs are getting paid off to clear players who shouldn't be playing that's a whole other issue.Follow the $$.... Who's paying the docs that are clearing guys like Tua to play to begin with? Be it the team or the league they have the same agenda. Get the best players on the field. That's it. As a fan honestly this may seem crass but I don't care. I don't. They are all adults making decisions for themselves. If a guy that does that for a living doesn't understand then that's on him. But most all of them do. So I'm not going to get bent out of shape over it. If Tua wants to retire early or play next week that's on him the team and the league. I'll watch with or without him.
For the record, the doctor who cleared Tuo to play has been canned. He was an "unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant" but still funded partially by the NFLPA. Let the backpedaling begin.
You say they are "adults making decisions for themselves". But are they making those decisions with all the information? I suspect that if the players union had access to what the NFL knows about brain trauma there would be many more players turning their backs on the league or retiring early. Is that how the league follows the $$? By hiding crucial data? I'm all for capitalism and businesses making all they can make but its a two way street. I don't want them to cry foul if the pendulum ever swings and attendance and ratings fall. That's the inherent risk you take on the business side. Look what's happened to boxing the last 40-50 years.