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GOP seeks to investigate assertions that NFL tried to influence concussion study

On Thursday, September 15, Republicans in the House of Representatives called for an independent review of claims that the National Football League tried to sway a study showing a link between football and brain disease.

In a statement, the NFL maintained they sought nothing but the truth regarding the study, saying: “The NFL has never wavered in its commitment to advance the science and understanding of concussions and traumatic brain injuries.” Representative Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) started the investigation after sports cable company ESPN reported in December 2015 that the NFL planned to donate $30 million to the NIH [National Institute of Health] for brain research. However, the NFL decided not to go through with the donation after the institute took a $16 million grant from Boston University researcher Robert Stern. The NFL said in its statement on Thursday that its $30 million commitment “was never in doubt.”

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