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LeBron James Doesn’t Allow His Kids To Play Football. Should You?

Submitted by on November 11, 2014 – 10:42 amOne Comment
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Football is a dangerous sport. It’s always been a dangerous sport. In fact, you could argue that it’s actually safer today than it was just a few years ago because of all the preventative measures the NFL has taken to try and keep players safe. But there’s really no getting around the fact that football is a violent sport that will most likely result in some kind of injury if you play it. And because of this, there have been a lot of parents who have forced their kids to play sports other than football in recent years. An ESPN study released in November 2013 actually found that participation in Pop Warner youth football is down almost 10 percent since 2010 due in part to all of the controversy surrounding concussions sustained by former NFL players.

But recently, the sport of football may have taken an even bigger blow because of something that LeBron James said. According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, LeBron doesn’t allow his two sons LeBron Jr. and Bryce to play football. They are allowed to play baseball, soccer, and, of course, basketball. But football? No way. And while LeBron didn’t go into great detail about why he’s forced his sons to stay away from football, we can only assume that it’s because he worries about their health and doesn’t want them to get hurt. But is keeping them away from the football field really a good idea?

The truth is that LeBron is obviously not alone. There are more and more parents today who are saying “no” when it comes to football. And while we don’t necessarily agree with them—as we mentioned earlier, the sport is actually safer than it has been in years because of changes that have been made to the game—we also don’t blame parents who don’t want their kids playing football. Football was, is, and always will be a sport that puts kids and adults at risk. There’s always going to be a chance that you can get hurt, maybe even seriously hurt, while playing football. But it’ll be interesting to see if LeBron’s decision affects other parents and forces them to tell their kids that they can’t play football, either. If they do, it could end up hurting the sport in the long run and keeping talented football players off the field.

What do you think about LeBron’s decision to not allow his kids to play football? Is it a good idea or an overreaction on his part?

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