Monday, March 21, 2011

Blumenthal Joins National Concussion Debate ‘Under Pressure From Muchnick’

[posted 3/17/11 to]

The Hartford Courant‘s Daniela Altimari, at the Capitol Watch blog, notes that Senator Richard Blumenthal has announced he is co-sponsoring Senator Tom Udall’s bill to strengthen football helmet safety standards:

Blumenthal, a freshman Democrat, frequently voiced concern about the impact of concussions on professional wrestlers during his hard-fought campaign against former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon. He even brought to Hartford the father of a wrestler who killed himself and his family after suffering head injuries during performances.

Blumenthal has been under pressure from one prominent critic of the WWE, California-based writer Irv Muchnick, to take a higher profile role in the debate over how to combat head injuries in sports and professional wrestling.

See “Blumenthal calls for higher safety standards for youth football helmets,”


“Memo to Waxman, Udall, Blumenthal: An Agenda for Hearings on the National Concussion Crisis,” March 11,

“WWE critic: Blumenthal should repay supporters with involvement in sports concussion controversy” (Manchester Journal Inquirer, March 15),

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