Report: NFL sought to influence study on brain injuries

Vontaze Burfict, Antonio Brown
FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2016, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals' Vontaze Burfict (55), right, runs into Pittsburgh Steelers' Antonio Brown (84) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Cincinnati. Burfict was called for a penalty on the play. The Steelers have ruled out All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown from Sunday's AFC divisional playoff game against Denver while he recovers from a concussion. Brown left last weekend's wild-card win over Cincinnati after taking a shot to the head from Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior House Democrat has found that National Football League officials improperly sought to influence a government study on the link between football and brain disease.

The report by New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone says the league tried to strong-arm the National Institutes of Health into taking the project away from a researcher that the NFL feared was biased.

The NFL had agreed to donate $30 million to the NIH to fund brain research but backed out after the NIH refused to take a $16 million grant away from prominent Boston University researcher Robert Stern. Stern is a leading expert on the link between football and brain diseases such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (ehn-sehf-uh-LAH’-puh-thee). Taxpayers are instead bearing the cost.

Requests for comment from the NFL were not immediately returned.

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