Malcolm Gladwell Calls Football 'Moral Abomination'

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Malcolm Gladwell Calls Football 'Moral Abomination'

Best-selling author bashes NFL for how league handles head injuries.

Published November 14, 2014

Malcolm Gladwell is one of the best-selling authors of our time, a scribe that comes equipped with razor-sharp opinions when prompted.

That especially holds true when discussing his feelings about the National Football League. When talking to Bloomberg TV, the intellectual author dropped the hammer on the NFL and the league’s handling of head injuries. 

“Football is a moral abomination,” Gladwell said before predicting that the sport will eventually “wither on the vine.”

At the root of Gladwell’s problem with the NFL is the long term brain damage it can cause its players.

"We're not just talking about people limping at the age of 50. We're talking about brain injuries that are causing horrible, protracted, premature death,” Gladwell continued. “This…is appalling. Can you point to another industry in America which, in the course of doing business, maims a third of its employees?”

Nobody can say that Gladwell is jumping on a wave of backlash against the NFL due to the rash of former players suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The author tackled the subject of CTE-stricken football players in a 2009 New Yorker piece.

Gladwell's segment on Bloomberg TV aired Thursday night. 

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