After Junior Seau's suicide became public, Warner went on The Dan Patrick Show and claimed he would not want his kids to play football (h/t PFT). Toomer responded by going on NBC SportsTalk (h/t PFT) and ripping Warner for trying to "trash the game." Toomer also said that his son would play football because that's what his family does.
Toomer can say what he wants, obviously, this is a free country. But sharing that opinion is simply ignorant.
Warner suffered and even played through a handful of concussions during his career. He has a unique perspective on the effects of head injuries. He absolutely has the right to express his feelings on the violence of the game.
Warner certainly owes his current financial stability to the game of football, which is why I thought the statement was particularly telling. He even works on the NFL Network, but after seeing the long-term effects head injuries have had on so many players, he felt the need to share his feelings with the public.
It was an insight into his true feelings and raw emotions. Personally, I respected him for sharing that. His statement was a rare look inside the mind of someone who has experienced the kinds of injuries that can cause long-term problems.
He knows he could suffer from it in the long run. Heck, maybe he already is feeling the effects.
Toomer obviously feels that those who have benefited from the game should support it no matter what. While I understand his loyalty to the game that has given him so much, he should have more compassion for Warner's perspective.
Football is a violent, dangerous game. If Warner wants his kids to avoid playing it he absolutely has the right to say so, and we should respect him for being so candid.