Jerry Jones Dismisses CTE Link, MMA Now Legal In NY


Jerry JonesJust a week after a senior NFL health official made history by formally acknowledging a link between football and CTE, a form of long-term brain injury, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones called the idea “absurd.” Jones elaborated, “We don’t have that knowledge… there’s no way in the world to say you have a relationship relative to anything here… There’s no research. There’s no data.” Many scientists in the field would disagree with Jones on this one.


Over the last decade or so, the UFC has been gaining in popularity. The UFC, Ultimate Fighting Championship, promotes mixed-martial arts, MMA, a combination of wrestling, boxing, and everything in between. It’s a brutal, sometimes thrilling, sometimes scary sport that has been getting bigger and bigger, especially with breakout stars like Ronda Rousey transcending diehard fans and becoming full-blown celebrities. But until yesterday, MMA wasn’t legal in every state. For nineteen years, MMA has been outlawed in New York. The main concern about the sport is the possibility of brain injuries. Unlike football, UFC fighters don’t wear helmets, and it can get pretty nasty inside the ring. The New York State Assembly held a vote Tuesday, after a three-hour debate,  and voted in favor of overturning the ban. The UFC plans to host an event at Madison Square Garden as soon as possible.

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  1. […] While Mixed Martial Arts fighting is now legal in all 50 states, drag racing is still illegal pretty much everywhere. UFC star Jon Jones was recently cited for drag racing with an illegally modified car in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. Of the five total citations issued, speeding wasn’t one of them. That’s because, according to Jones and his attorney, the fighter wasn’t speeding at all. “He wasn’t speeding, he was not driving recklessly. All Jon did was rev his engine to acknowledge a fan,” his attorney said in a statement. The key to this mystery may lie in a small detail Jones admitted to reporters. “I regrettably said words to the police officer out of frustration, for which I apologize for, but I do feel this was excessive.” Jones clearly forgot the old adage, don’t bite the hand that issues citations. It should be noted this isn’t his first trouble on the road. Jones was cited in February for driving without a license, registration, or proof of insurance, and he’s currently still under supervised probation for an incident last April when he caused a car accident that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm, then fled the scene. […]

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