Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones called the connections between CTE and football “absurd” on Tuesday.
Jones told reporters there was not enough data to establish a relationship between the degenerative brain disease, linked to repeated hits to the head, and the game of football.
Last week, NFL senior vice president for health and safety Jeff Miller said that there was “certainly” a link between football and CTE, which has been found in the brains of numerous former professional football players postmortem.
Miller testified before the House of Representatives and was asked by Illinois congresswoman Jan Schakowsky whether he thinks “there is a link between football and degenerative brain disorders like CTE.”
Last week, the NFL released a statement through spokesman Brian McCarthy addressing Miller’s comments.
“He was discussing Dr. McKee's findings and made the additional point that a lot more questions need to be answered,” McCarthy said, reerencing Boston University neuropathologist Ann McKee. “He said that the experts should speak to the state of the science.”