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Brooks Laich is sick of hearing about all that concussion crap – seriously

Oct 14, 2011, 1:56 PM EDT

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Brooks Laich is just about done with hearing about concussions, the quiet room, and head injuries in general.

After seeing his teammate Jay Beagle get knocked out by Penguins tough guy Arron Asham, Laich was asked about whether he’s concerned with the possibility that Beagle might have a concussion and needs to sit a few out.

Laich, like Asham, didn’t pull any punches as he told’s Chuck Gormley.

“I really don’t care about that awareness crap,” Laich said. “To be honest, I’m sick of hearing all this talk about concussions and about the quiet room.

“This is what we love to do. Guys love to play, they love to compete, they want to be on the ice. How do you take that away from someone? We accept that there’s going to be dangers when we play this game. We know that every time we get dressed.

“I don’t know, sometimes it just feels like we’re being babysat a little too much. We’re grown men and we should have a say in what we want to do.”

That’s as old school of a take on concussions as you’re going to find. Old school in the way that it’s outdated and wrong. This is the sort of take that would make a guy like Don Cherry blush.

There’s no doubt that some players are frustrated with how things are handled, but given that this is their livelihood and getting hurt for extended periods of time means not being able to do what they love anymore, you’d think there would be a bit more concern for their fellow man and for themselves just the same.

For guys like Laich, apparently not.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 14, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Hurd that.

  2. bigbear42 - Oct 14, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Just a dumb thing to say. He has to know before he says this that hes going to receive a lot of negative attention because of this.

    p.s. WTF does “Hurd that” even mean?

    • stakex - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:42 AM

      Damn strait! Its a really dumb to say that players should have more say over their own bodies….

      On a side not you are no longer allowed to drink, smoke, or eat fast food. Doing all of those things could cause serious health issues… and clearly people should never be allowed to do anything that might result in negative health effects.


  3. brianforster - Oct 14, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    honestly he is right, you should be able to make the decision on your own whether or not you want to risk further injury.

  4. sknut - Oct 14, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Would he feel the same way if Ovi had a concussion? Players just don’t see the big picture and things have to pointed out to them.

  5. pdmjr - Oct 14, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Who is Brooks Laeich?

    • stakex - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:35 AM

      Who are you?

    • jpelle82 - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      some overpaid bum

  6. sch00ns - Oct 15, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    “That’s as old school of a take on concussions as you’re going to find. Old school in the way that it’s outdated and wrong. This is the sort of take that would make a guy like Don Cherry blush.”

    No… It’s you idiot’s in the media who are so desperate to report on something that you’ll milk this concussion and fighting issue until you destroy the game. Seriously… It’s hockey. Everybody in the NHL knows the dangers when they sign the dotted lines to play and they sign it because there’s nothing in the world they would rather do. People would kill to be able to sign those lines.

    Brooks is right. Old school isn’t 3 or 4 years ago when it wasn’t a big issue. It’s hockey guys.

  7. saintez - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    Obviously people are living under a rock… Do a little bit of research on concussions. Guys are moving into early dementia and the effects of second, third, and fourth concussions are devastating. Oh, but forget aboutall of that, cause, ‘I’m a hockey player’

  8. stakex - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:35 AM

    Brooks Laich is correct… very correct. Sure, concusions are dangerous and can lead to long term health effects, but shouldn’t it be a players right to accept that risk and play if he so chooses? Why should the league get to make that choice, and not the player himself?

    Hell, people outside of hockey are allowed to make such decisions every single day. For example, thousands of people a year die because they smoke. We know that for a fact, yet people are allowed to make the choice to smoke even though theres a good chance it will kill them. So why can’t a hockey player make the choice to play with a concusion even tho he could suffer long term health problems because of it? Why isn’t he allowed to make that choice?

    Of course there is a limit to that since teams sorta “own” the player, and are in charge of their health. If your team wants to be very careful with you… thats fine. However, if the team management is fine with a guy playing with a concusion shouldn’t that player be allowed to risk his own body and do so? If you say “No, of course not… he can get hurt!” then you are proving Laich’s point: The players are being babysat.

  9. jpelle82 - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    when players or families of players turn around and sue the league (see nfl) then it does matter if the league is negligent or baby-sitting

  10. babykaby - Oct 17, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    First off, I would like to say that Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington (who apparently conducted the interview with Brooks) is not very good at what he does. Both the website and the TV channel have a lot of people who are not very good, but he kind of tops the list. Sorry but it’s true. And yes, I know, if I don’t like it I should not watch or read it. However, when you are starved for local hockey coverage, you really don’t have much choice. (Why isn’t there any decent hockey coverage in this area? We have one of the best teams in the one of the very best sports, this is the nation’s capital for Heaven’s sake, what is the problem?) I apologize for my outburst, but I’m really getting frustrated. And yes, I know this has nothing to do with the article, but I saw his name and had to vent.

    Second. Brooks is a big boy. He has seen his teammate, Mike Green, lose a lot of time on ice due to the concussion issue, so I’m sure he is not taking the topic lightly. I think he just wants to play the game. He’s sick of hearing about concussions constantly. And let’s face it, if it hadn’t happened to Crosby we wouldn’t be hearing about it so much. Just saying.

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