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NIH to Walk Away from $16 Million of NFL Gift for Brain Research

Washington, DC, September 1, 2017The Los Angeles Times reported in July that, five years ago, four months after the suicide of legendary linebacker Junior Seau, the National Football League donated $30 million to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for brain research.

At the time, the league said its “unrestricted gift” was the largest donation in its history and would help fund a new Sports and Health Research Program to be conducted in collaboration with institutes and centers at the NIH.

That donation is set to expire in August, and according to a report by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” the NIH will leave more than half of it on the table.

The report said the government agency is willing to walk away from $16 million in the wake of a congressional study last year that accused the NFL of trying to steer money away from Dr. Robert Stern, a Boston University neuroscientist who had been staunchly critical of the league’s handling of head injuries.

Whereas the NIH said in a statement Thursday that there are “no current research plans” for the remaining funds, the NFL said league officials are “engaged in constructive discussions” with the FNIH — the fundraising arm of the NIH — “regarding potential new research projects and the remaining funds of our $30 million commitment.”

The disagreement over how the money should be used reached a crescendo in May 2016 when Democratic members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce released a study finding the NFL’s head, neck and spine committee tried to improperly influence government research by attempting to steer the investigation toward a doctor with ties to the league.

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