Jerry Jones’ asinine opinion that there’s no link between concussions and CTE because of a lack of data is not only provably false, but underscores the NFL’s longtime stance on the matter. According to a report from the New York Times, the league relied on deeply flawed — and by “deeply flawed” we mean astonishingly incomplete — data to come to the conclusion that there was no provable link between concussions and CTE.
Per the Times, the “league formed a committee in 1994 that would ultimately issue a succession of research papers playing down the danger of head injuries” and that “for the last 13 years, the NFL has stood by the research, which, the papers stated, was based on a full accounting of all concussions diagnosed by team physicians from 1996 through 2001.”
However, the first notable (and most egregious) flaw in the data was that it did not include all recorded concussions. In fact, the Times uncovered more than 100 diagnosed concussions – at least 10 percent of the total concussions during that time period – that were omitted from the research.