NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be honored with the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program Leadership in Sports Health, Safety & Research Award in Jacksonville next week, according to Justin Barney of the Florida Times-Union.
The award comes just days after an investigation by The New York Times has identified new flaws in concussion research conducted by the NFL.
According to the Times report, NFL came to a conclusion on the studies based on a complete report of all diagnosed concussions been 1996 to 2001, and previous investigations have shown that the league used them to downplay the league's concussion problem. But when The Times asked about the data, the NFL admitted not every team submitted information about concussions sustained by their players because they were not required to do so.
Goodell and the NFL responded by saying the Times had mischaracterized the information provided by the league and that the league had never claimed the original studies were complete. The NFL released a list of clarifications regarding the report and claimed the Times “ignored the facts.”