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Obama not sure he would allow a son to play football

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President Obama took a swipe at football in a new interview, saying he would "have to think long and hard'' before letting his hypothetical son play the dangerous sport.

''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,'' Mr. Obama told The New Republic in its Feb. 11 issue.

''In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting," he said. "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.''

The president also said his concerns are stronger for the NCAA than the NFL, because players lack a union or salary to protect against injuries.

"You read some of these stories about college players who undergo some of these same problems with concussions and so forth and then have nothing to fall back on," he said. "That's something that I'd like to see the NCAA think about."

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