“The View” co-host Joy Behar targeted conservatives and heterosexual men on Wednesday for their support of tackle football.
During the show, the hosts were discussing Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin, who collapsed during a game on Monday night and suffered cardiac arrest, which has led to renewed calls for the NFL to prioritize player safety.
Behar stated, “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,” with disdain.
Co-host Sunny Hostin shared a personal story about her son’s experience with football, stating, “He realized at that point, uh-oh. I could – that could happen to my brain, and so he quit.”
Hostin also added that despite the injury, it wouldn’t turn people away from football as it is a huge part of tradition.
Co-host Sara Haines said that football is a norm for many communities, “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 expressed her concern over CTE and shared that she wouldn’t let her kids fall in love with football.
CTE is a neurodegenerative disease linked to repeated head trauma that has affected numerous football players.
Hostin shared her personal experience, “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.”
In response to the concerns, Behar suggested alternative sports such as golf or tennis as safer options for children.
On Monday in Cincinnati, Hamlin’s heartbeat was restored on the field as medical personnel performed CPR, while spectators and a national television audience watched in shock.
Hamlin’s uncle, Dorrian Glen, shared that his nephew improved to 50 percent oxygen on a ventilator on Tuesday.
“Right now, they got him on a ventilator, so they’re trying to get him to breathe on his own,” Glenn said.
“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.”
The incident with Hamlin has once again brought attention to the safety of football players and the potential long-term effects of repeated head trauma.
While many people, including heterosexual men and conservatives, continue to support tackle football, the conversation about player safety and alternative options for children is ongoing.