Bob Costas on Concussions, Brain Damage & Football

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

SEATTLE -- The degenerative brain condition known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is back in the headlines again because of comments made by NBC Sportscaster Bob Costas last week. Costas was taking part in a symposium at the University of Maryland. Someone asked the panelists what they thought was the biggest sports story. Costas focused on the issue of football and head trauma.

"The reality is that this game destroys people's brains. You cannot change the basic nature of the game,” Costas said. “I certainly would not let, if I had an athletically gifted 12- or 13-year-old son, I would not let him play football.”

On the KOMO Midday News (weekdays 1-3pm), Costas explained why he answered the question that way, along with his position on the dangers of playing football. (Click the picture above to hear the audio).

Click here to see a video of the entire symposium.

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