Gary Pinkel 'disappointed' with Obama's concussion remarks


The very week that President Barack Obama re-addressed the issue of concussions in youth football, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel expressed disappointment in the way Obama addressed it the first time.

Obama said in January 2013 that if he had a son, "I'd have to think long and hard before I let him play football."

Fast-forward to this week's annual SEC meetings in Destin, Fla., and Pinkel hasn't forgotten.

"I think when the president comes out and makes a statement the way he does without even adding more to it than that, I was just disappointed in the way he came out," Pinkel said, per CBS Sports. "Certainly, pee wee football is going to analyze (concussions), and that's good. In terms of making all the safety precautions and helmets checked out, that's good. I played pee wee football and I don't ever remember a player getting hurt in pee wee football. If they want to do more investigation and study, I think that's fine, that's good. You want to be transparent. But this is a great game and it helps so many people."

The president raised the issue again on Thursday as part of a youth sports safety summit at the White House.

"We want our kids participating in sports," Obama said. "As parents, though, we want to keep them safe and that means we have to have better information."

The NCAA requires that its member institutions have a policy on treating concussions in student-athletes, but those policies vary from school to school. That is among the key points of reform sought by the CAPA (College Athletes Players Association), which is working to unionize NCAA athletes.

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