On Wednesday, Joy Behar of “The View” harshly criticized conservatives and heterosexual men for their promotion of tackle football.
“45% of Americans think that tackle football is appropriate. Heterosexual men voted the most support for kids doing football. And conservatives were more likely to support youth tackle football. Just saying,” Behar sneered with contempt.
On Monday night, the Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin tragically collapsed during a game and suffered cardiac arrest. This grim event has reignited calls for the National Football League to prioritize safety above all else in order to avoid such tragedies from occurring again.
Co-host Sunny Hostin shared a personal account of her son’s hamstring injury while competing in football.
“He realized at that point, uh-oh. I could – that could happen to my brain, and so he quit,” Hostin said.
Sara Haines argued that the injury won’t discourage people from football, since it is such an important part of our culture and traditions.
“I grew up, and football was just the norm. My parents went to the games long after we were even in high school because the whole town did. I loved ‘Friday Night Lights,’ et cetera, et cetera. What it might change is people that have kids coming up because like me, you even wouldn’t have known all the damage that could be done now,” Haines said.
Haines expressed fear regarding Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and declared that she wouldn’t permit her children to become passionate about football. CTE is a degenerative neurological disorder connected with repeated head trauma, which has affected countless athletes in the sport of football.
“I think a lot of mothers certainly feel that way and have felt that way for a long time, but it’s – the way my son describes it is, it’s a family. It’s a bonding experience that he had never had before,” Hostin continued.
Behar encouraged people to take up golf or tennis as alternative activities.
On Monday in Cincinnati, the crowd and television audience witnessed with horror as medical personnel frantically performed CPR on Hamlin to revive his heartbeat. The sheer panic of the moment was palpable throughout the entire stadium.
On Tuesday, Dorrian Glen, Hamlin’s uncle, proudly announced that the ventilator had successfully increased his nephew’s oxygen levels to a remarkable 50%.
“Right now, they got him on a ventilator, so they’re trying to get him to breathe on his own,” Glenn stated. “So, we’re just kind of taking it day by day. Still in the ICU. They have him sedated, so just continue to administer the medical treatment that they’ve been doing.”