From Comcast SportsNetNEW ORLEANS (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would "absolutely" want his own child to play football.After President Barack Obama recently said he'd "have to think long and hard" about allowing a son to take part in the sport, Goodell was asked the same question hours before Sunday's Super Bowl during an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation."Like the president, Goodell has two daughters. The commissioner deflected the question about allowing a son to play football by noting the high incidence of concussions in girls soccer.In an interview with The New Republic, Obama had said he loved football but worried about the long-term effects on players of the game's hard hits. Thousands of former players have sued the NFL, alleging that not enough was done to inform them about the dangers of concussions and not enough is being done today to take care of them.Asked by Bob Schieffer on Sunday whether the league hid the risks of head injuries, Goodell said, "No."Goodell declined to confirm that there is a proven connection between the sport and medical problems in retired players. He emphasized that the NFL is funding research to learn more about the risks and changing rules to make the game safer.Goodell said he had no concerns that football could go the way of boxing, a sport now far less popular than in its heyday."I couldn't be more optimistic about it because the game of football has always evolved," the commissioner said. "Through the years, through the decades, we've made changes to our game, to make it safer, to make it more exciting, to make it a better game for the players, for the fans, and we have done that in a very calculated fashion."
Regardless of whether Celtics fans wanted to see Jimmy Butler come to Boston, they don’t have to worry about it anymore.
ESPN’s Marc Stein was the first to report Chicago was nearing a deal with Minnesota, with the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson following up saying that a deal was agreed upon in principle.
The Wolves are close to acquiring Jimmy Butler from Chicago, according to league sources— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 22, 2017
Sources say Minnesota's offer to Chicago for Butler was EXPECTED to include the No. 7 pick, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn ...— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 22, 2017
The Bulls have agreed in principle to deal Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves, per source.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) June 22, 2017
The 30th pick in the 2011 draft, Butler had been linked to the Celtics in trade rumors in recent seasons. That can be put to bed for now.
When all was said and done, the Celtics kept the third overall pick and selected Duke small forward Jayson Tatum.
Tatum, who stands at 6-foot-8 and 204 pounds, averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in his lone college season.
Whether Tatum actually stays in Boston may not yet be certain, as Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported as the C’s were making the pick that the team has entered “serious talks” with the Pacers for Paul George. The veteran small forward can become a free agent after next season and is believed to be targeting the Lakers in free agency.
Indiana and Boston are engaged in serious talks on a Paul George trade, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 22, 2017
Wojnarowski clarified shortly after that an agreement had not yet been reached.
Sources: Boston, Indiana talks for Paul George had gained significant momentum, but sides are still apart on a possible deal.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 23, 2017
As expected, the 76ers took Washington point guard Markelle Fultz at No. 1 and the Lakers took UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball second. The 76ers received the pick in a deal with Boston that was made official on Monday.