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ESPN story is not accurate. NFL did not pull any funding. NIH makes its own decisions.
I don’t trust either entity, so who knows the actual truth?
I do find it interesting that ESPN would call out the NFL for allegedly pulling out this concussion study, when ESPN pulled out of the Frontline documentary with PBS (reputedly at the NFL’s urging) on concussions a couple of years ago. The documentary was based on work done by the Fainaru brothers.
Also interesting: NFL does have the ability to refute what it says is an inaccurate report from ESPN? Who knew?