Punish NFL for Tampering With Taxpayer-Funded Concussion Research

Target: Loretta Lynch, United States Attorney General

Goal: Punish NFL for tampering with government study on concussions.

Multiple top National Football League (NFL) health officials attempted to illegally sabotage a significant government research study on football and brain disease, according to a report from congressional investigators. The report extensively explains how league officials pressured the National Institutes of Health and forced American taxpayers to foot the bill for its misconduct.

The study sought to examine a possible link between concussions and the mental health of football players. Robert Stern, an expert who has criticized the league for its player safety protocol, led the study, but league officials were not happy with this decision. When efforts to remove Stern from the study failed, the league reneged on its commitment to pay for the $16 million study, leaving American taxpayers to cover the costs.

The NFL’s behavior in this incident is extremely unprofessional as well as illegal. The league sought to remove objectivity and tamper with results, and when its efforts failed, it simply bailed on its commitment and let the public pay for it. Sign the petition below to demand reparations from the NFL.


Dear Mrs. Lynch,

I am writing to express my immense frustration concerning a congressional report that details the actions of the National Football League’s top officials as they sought to tamper with a government study. The report in question explains how these officials sought to remove an esteemed expert because of his critical opinion of the league. When these efforts failed, the league refused to pay for the study and let the $16 million burden fall upon American taxpayers.

These actions are unjust and, more importantly, illegal. Tampering with a government study and then pouting because things did not work out is both immature and unprofessional. I demand that the league be held accountable for both its misconduct and the $16 million bill that it pledged to pay.


[Your Name Here]

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