Mental health in the NFL and NBA


((SAMANTHA)) YOU GUYS. THE RAIDERS JUST CAN’T CATCH A BREAK. THEY LOSE KHALIL MACK TO THE BEARS… AND NOW THEY’VE GOTTA DEAL WITH WHAT WAS ONCE THE STEELERS NIGHTMARE. I’VE SAID IT BEFORE AND I’LL SAY IT AGAIN. TEAMS NEED TO LAND GUYS WHO ARE GOOD GUYS. NOTHING LESS! I DON’T CARE IF YOU’RE ARGUABLY ONE OF THE BEST WIDE RECEIVERS IN THE GAME. YOUR CHARACTER SHOULD MATTER MORE. HOW YOU MESH WITH THE TEAM, SHOULD MATTER MORE. THAT’S HOW YOU WIN GAMES. JON GRUDEN’S SERIOUSLY GOTTA TAKE SOME NOTES FROM MATT NAGY. HOWEVER, ON THE FLIP SIDE… YOU’VE ALSO GOTTA ASK THE QUESTION… “IS THERE SOMETHING DEEPER HERE?” WE DON’T KNOW WHAT ELSE BROWN IS DEALING WITH IN HIS LIFE. AND THE NFL ISN’T EXACTLY HUGE ON MENTAL HEALTH. SURE, THEY’VE GOT SOME NEW POLICIES TO HELP, BUT NOTHING MAJOR. ((SAMANTHA)) YOU KNOW WHO DOES SEEM TO HAVE A MUCH BETTER GRASP ON THINGS? NOT A BIG SURPRISE HERE, IT’S THE NBA. THEY RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THEY’RE NOW REQUIRING TEAMS TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL. EACH ORGANIZATION HAS TO FIND A LICENSED PSYCHIATRIST AVAILABLE TO HELP WITH MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS. THEY ALSO HAVE TO HAVE A “WRITTEN ACTION PLAN FOR MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCIES.” ON TOP OF THAT, THE 30 TEAMS HAVE TO ATTEND A “HEALTH AND WELLNESS MEETING” SET FOR SEPTEMBER IN CHICAGO. I CAN DO NOTHING BUT APPLAUD THIS LEAGUE FOR MOVING FORWARD IN SUCH AN IMPORTANT DIRECTION FOR THESE TEAMS. THE PRESSURE THESE PLAYERS GO THROUGH IS UNIMAGINABLE. FANS EXPECT SO MUCH FROM PLAYERS… BUT YOU TEND TO FORGET THEY’RE HUMAN TOO. SO HERE’S TO HOPING MORE LEAGUES FOLLOW ALONG. A FINAL LOOK AT WEATHER RIGHT AFTER THE BREAK.

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