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Doctor Calls Football Child Abuse

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Dr. Bennet Omalu attends the 'Concussion' special screening at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square theatre in New York City,  on December 16, 2015. (Dennis Van Tine/Sipa USA via AP Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 08 Aug 2017 01:57 PM

Dr. Bennet Omalu, the doctor portrayed in the movie "Concussion," calls football child abuse, saying those who allow children to play the sport could be held accountable.

Omalu discovered Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative neurological disease caused by repeated head trauma, in football players.

"Someday there will be a district attorney who will prosecute for child abuse [on the football field], and it will succeed," Omalu said at a New York Press Club, according to Sports Illustrated.

"If you play football, and if your child plays football, there is a 100 percent risk exposure. There is nothing like making football safer. That’s a misnomer," he added.

Of 111 former NFL players who donated their brains to research, 110 of them suffered from CTE, a study published in the The Journal of the American Medical Association said.

The study focused on players who had endured the pounding that comes with playing football for at least 14 years. Researchers even found that people who had only played football through high school also suffered from CTE, The Washington Times noted.

Some 4,000 players sued the NFL on claims that the league withheld information from them regarding concussion risks — something that led many former players to dementia, depression and even suicide for some, SI noted.

"There is nothing the league can do. The league is a corporation," Omalu said. "What do corporations do? Make money. They’re not there to provide health care or perform research. That is not what they’re there to do. They’re selling product.

"If they feel the need to make any changes, they’re making calculated changes that will enhance their bottom line," he added.

Omalu's life and discovery of CTE in football players was recently put on display in theaters, as actor Will Smith played him in the film "Concussion" in 2015, SI noted.

Omalu is set to release his memoir "Truth Doesn’t Have a Side" on Tuesday.

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