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Video: Donald Trump Makes Fun Of NFL Concussion Policy During Rally

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Donald Trump is not a fan of how the NFL handles concussions in 2016. While many believe the league doesn't go far enough to treat the injury, at a rally today, Trump mocked the idea of players missing time due to them.

The Republican presidential nominee held a rally in Lakeland, Florida this afternoon, during which a supporter passed out. When she regained consciousness, Trump praised her toughness, and then went on a brief tangent about the lack of it in the NFL.

ABC15 Arizona has video of Trump's comments.

Deadspin's Ashley Feinberg transcribed Trump's abrupt diatribe:

That woman was out cold, and now she’s coming back. We don’t go by these new, and very much softer, NFL rules. Concussions—oh, oh! Got a little ding on the head. No, no, you can’t play for the rest of the season. Our people are tough.

Very few players actually miss the season for a single concussion, which generally goes past a "little ding on the head," though some, particularly at the college level, have not been cleared to play by teams after multiple sustained concussions. Research also indicates that even subconcussive hits play a role in the development of CTE, the progressive degenerative brain disease found in many deceased football players, including Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau.

Donald Trump has a long history of disputes with the NFL. When he owned the New Jersey Generals in the short-lived USFL, he led an anti-trust lawsuit against the NFL. In 2014, he lost a bidding war for the Buffalo Bills after the passing of longtime owner Ralph Wilson to current owner Terry Pegula. Afterwards, he voiced his displeasure on Twitter, before eventually saying that he was happy about it, and levying similar criticisms of the "soft NFL."

Don't expect Trump to have many nice things to say about the NFL going forward.