President Obama doesn’t have a son, but football may not have been an option for a male child of the First Lady and the President, he admits.
Although Obama isn’t dad to a son, he is a football fan, and, in a recent interview, he discussed the recent buzz about the dangers of the sport — and said that he believes change is unavoidable to protect young men.
President Obama was asked if he’d let a son play football during a sit-down with The New Republic, during which the subject of football safety and head injuries came up.
It was noted several other prominent folks expressed reservations about allowing a son to play football, and Obama indicated that he felt the same way — that while he himself loves football, it would be a matter to consider if it came down to his own child playing the brutal and sometimes deadly sport.
Speaking with the mag, Obama said of a son playing football:
“I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football. And I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence.”
The President continued, predicting that football may change as the risks become more apparent:
“In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won’t have to examine our consciences quite as much.”