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Obama: My Son Would Not Be Allowed to Play Pro-Football

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Agency and intelligence agencies surveillance techniques at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., January 17, 2014. (AFP/Jim Watson)

President Barack Obama said in an interview published Sunday that he would not permit a hypothetical son of his to play professional football.

“I would not let my son play pro football,” he told the New Yorker.

[sharequote align="center"]“I would not let my son play pro football."[/sharequote]

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Agency and intelligence agencies surveillance techniques at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., January 17, 2014. (AFP/Jim Watson)

The comments reportedly came amid reports of multiple injuries and other long-term health effects NFL players may endure after playing the sport professionally.

“These guys (NFL players), they know what they’re doing," Obama added. "They know what they’re buying into. It is no longer a secret. It’s sort of the feeling I have about smokers, you know?”

(H/T: Business Insider)

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