GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump made fun of the rules the NFL has in place to treat football players who suffer concussions during a campaign rally on Wednesday, saying again that the league is “soft” in its handling of brain injuries.
“Look, that woman’s coming back,” Trump said about a supporter who had apparently fainted at the Lakeland, Florida, event and then returned. “That woman was out cold and now she’s coming back! See, we don’t go by these new and very much softer NFL rules.”
“Concussion! Oh! Oh! Got a little ding on the head, no, no, you can’t play for the rest of the season,” continued Trump, who in 2014 failed in his bid to buy an NFL team. “Our people are tough.”
The NFL approved new concussion rules before the 2016 season that included potential fines and the loss of draft picks for teams that failed to remove players suspected of suffering concussions from a game, after the old and apparently very much not softer concussion rules allowed players like then-St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum to remain in the game despite taking a severe hit to the head last season.
The league has faced years of scrutiny over its handling of concussions, including a lawsuit from thousands of former players that the NFL settled for $765 million.
Trump’s argument might trivialize serious brain injuries, but it will likely go over well with those who believe the “liberal media” is engaged in a “war on football.”
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.