Sony Altered ‘Concussion’ Film to Prevent N.F.L. Protests, Emails Show
When Sony Pictures Entertainment decided to make a movie focusing on the death and dementia professional football players have endured from repeated hits to the head — and the N.F.L.’s efforts toward a cover-up — it signed Will Smith to star as one of the first scientists to disclose the problem. It named the film bluntly, “Concussion.”
In the end even Sony, which unlike most other major studios in Hollywood has no significant business ties to the N.F.L., found itself softening some points it might have made against the multibillion-dollar sports enterprise that controls the nation’s most-watched game.
In dozens of studio emails unearthed by hackers, Sony executives; the director, Peter Landesman; and representatives of Mr. Smith discussed how to avoid antagonizing the N.F.L. by altering the script and marketing the film more as a whistle-blower story, rather than a condemnation of football or the league.
“Will is not anti football (nor is the movie) and isn’t planning to be a spokesman for what football should be or shouldn’t be but rather is an actor taking on an exciting challenge,” Dwight Caines, the president of domestic marketing at Sony Pictures, wrote in an email on Aug. 6, 2014, to three top studio executives about how to position the movie. “We’ll develop messaging with the help of N.F.L. consultant to ensure that we are telling a dramatic story and not kicking the hornet’s nest.”
(A Sony spokeswoman, who did not make Mr. Caines available for an interview, said late Tuesday, after this article was published, that the consultant cited in Mr. Caines’s email was not an N.F.L. employee, but was hired to deal with the N.F.L.)
Another email on Aug. 1, 2014, said some “unflattering moments for the N.F.L.” were deleted or changed, while in another note on July 30, 2014, a top Sony lawyer is said to have taken “most of the bite” out of the film “for legal reasons with the N.F.L. and that it was not a balance issue.” Other emails in September 2014 discuss an aborted effort to reach out to the N.F.L.
The movie is due out in December, but the trailer was released Monday. It showed Smith as Bennet Omalu, whose work diagnosing a disease in American football players known as C.T.E. — a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated blows to the head — led to one of the N.F.L.’s biggest crises: a possibility that the game itself could be lethal.
Suicides by former star players, including Dave Duerson and Junior Seau, have heightened the scrutiny on the N.F.L., which has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to settle a lawsuit brought by about 5,000 retired players, who accused the league of deliberately hiding the dangers of concussions.
The trailer showed several scenes depicting Dr. Omalu with jaw-dropping surprise in his lab and angrily demanding “the truth” from people who appear to be from the N.F.L. Many other scientists have built on Dr. Omalu’s work, which began in 2002, and the N.F.L. has since donated tens of millions of dollars to study the effects of concussions and develop ways of treating them.
The N.F.L. has declined to comment on the trailer or the movie, and several Sony executives, through a spokeswoman, declined to speak about the movie or its production and marketing strategy.
Mr. Landesman, who also wrote the movie, said in an interview that the email conversations do not show Sony bowing to the N.F.L., but rather trying to portray the characters and story as accurately as possible to reduce the chance that the league could attack the filmmakers for taking too much creative license.
He added that like many large companies, movie studios that take on controversial topics try to anticipate how their films might be criticized and prepare defenses. He confirmed that Sony lawyers deleted some material from the film, but he declined to elaborate on the cuts beyond saying that they did so to make the story “better and richer and fairer.”
Those changes, he said, did not alter the thrust of the story, which focuses on Dr. Omalu, a forensic pathologist who identified C.T.E., or chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
“We don’t want to give the N.F.L. a toehold to say, ‘They are making it up,’ and damage the credibility of the movie,” Mr. Landesman said of Sony’s efforts.
He added: “There were things that might have been creatively fun to have actors say that might not have been accurate in the heads of the N.F.L. or doctors. We might have gotten away with it legally, but it might have damaged our integrity as filmmakers. We didn’t have a need to make up anything because it was powerful and revelatory on its own.”
Mr. Landesman continued, “There was never an instance where we compromised the storytelling to protect ourselves from the N.F.L.”
Still, the issue of how to portray the story of players living with the lethal hazards of the game has been fraught, even for a studio that has no substantial ties to the N.F.L. (Steve Tisch, a co-owner of the New York Giants, has a production company located at Sony Pictures, but he is not involved with the movie. Ridley Scott, a producer, and Mr. Landesman are represented by WME Entertainment, which also works with the N.F.L.)
The N.F.L. had previously pressured business partners to step back from issues that are potentially embarrassing to it.
In 2013, N.F.L. officials complained to ESPN executives about a documentary, “League of Denial,” that the network had produced with “Frontline,” detailing the league’s response to the dangers of head trauma. ESPN stopped working on the project with “Frontline,” which later broadcast it.
In 2004, the N.F.L. complained to the chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, the parent company of ESPN, about a hard-hitting television series on the sports network that delivered an unsavory depiction of professional football players. The show ended after one season.
In this case, the emails, some of which were first reported on Reddit, suggested that Sony saw a dramatic story behind Dr. Omalu, a Nigerian immigrant who became a whistle-blower when he tried to warn the N.F.L. about the risk of playing football. Mr. Landesman, a former journalist who has written for The New York Times Magazine, was asked in November 2013 to join the project by Mr. Scott and his wife, Giannina, who are producing the film.
In one of the emails hacked from Sony by an unknown culprit and posted on WikiLeaks, Amy Pascal, then a co-chairwoman of Sony Pictures, called the movie “important and controversial” and said the studio was “committed passionate and enthusiastic” about making it.
But in the same email, from July 2014, she urged caution. “We need to know exactly what we can and can’t do and if this is a ‘true’ story or not,” she wrote, taking note of other movies about real events, including “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Moneyball” and “The Social Network,” all of which were later criticized to varying degrees for veering from accuracy. “I know these can be dicey waters but none more than this one,” she wrote.
In other emails, Sony executives discussed how to make the movie appear less threatening. In several emails they said that press materials should note that Mr. Smith likes football and one of his sons played the game. In another email, Hannah Minghella, a top executive, suggested that “rather than portray the N.F.L. as one corrupt organization can we identify the individuals within the N.F.L. who were guilty of denying/covering up the truth.”
Last September, Mr. Landesman wrote to Paul Hicks, the top spokesman at the N.F.L., to set up a meeting with the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell. Mr. Hicks asked Mr. Landesman for a copy of the script, but several Sony executives were aghast that Mr. Landesman had reached out to the N.F.L. independently and the idea of a meeting was scuttled.
Mr. Landesman said in an interview that in the end he never met with Mr. Hicks because it would have worked to the N.F.L.’s advantage. He never sent the N.F.L. the screenplay, but he said he thought the N.F.L. had seen it anyway because a version was in a hacked email, though a comprehensive review of the emails by The Times did not find it.
The only comment the N.F.L. has made is that it welcomes attention to health and safety issues.
“We are encouraged by the ongoing focus on the critical issue of player health and safety,” the league said in a statement when asked to comment on the film. “We have no higher priority. We all know more about this issue than we did 10 or 20 years ago. As we continue to learn more, we apply those learnings to make our game and players safer.”
Why Judge Berman Threw Out Tom Brady’s ‘Deflategate’ Suspension
The NFL said it would appeal U.S. District Judge Richard Berman’s decision. And Mr. Brady didn’t immediately comment.
He was accused by the NFL of scheming to deflate footballs during last year’s AFC Championship game. A report by Paul Weiss lawyer Ted Wells said Brady was “generally aware” of the alleged tampering. After Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspension, Mr. Brady took the case to federal court with a lawsuit.
Judge Berman gave several reasons for vacating the punishment. Here are key excerpts from his 40-page opinion:
• Inadequate notice of punishment:
The Court finds that Brady had no notice that he could receive a four-game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others or participation in any scheme to deflate footballs, and non-cooperation with the ensuing Investigation. Brady also had no notice that his discipline would be the equivalent of the discipline imposed upon a player who used performance enhancing drugs.
It is the “law of the shop” to provide professional football players with (advance) notice of prohibited conduct and of potential discipline … Because there was no notice of a four-game suspension in the circumstances presented here, Commissioner Goodell may be said to have “dispense[d] his own brand of industrial justice.”…
The Court concludes that, as a matter of law, no NFL policy or precedent notifies players that they may be disciplined (much less suspended) for general awareness of misconduct by others. And, it does not appear that the NFL has ever, prior to this case, sought to punish players for such an alleged violation.
• Misplaced reliance on NFL’s ‘conduct detrimental’ policy:
Commissioner Goodell contends that Brady’s discipline stems from the general [Collective Bargaining Agreement] policy precluding players from engaging in any conduct that is “detrimental to the integrity of, or public confidence in, the game of professional football.”
Goodell’s reliance on notice of broad CBA “conduct detrimental” policy — as opposed to specific Player Policies regarding equipment violations — to impose discipline upon Brady is legally misplaced. In both the Ray Rice case and the Adrian Peterson case, the players could, perhaps, be said to appreciate that acts of domestic violence might be deemed “conduct detrimental.” And yet, in both of these cases, the players were disciplined only after findings were made under the specific domestic violence policy
• Brady was denied the opportunity to examine a lead investigator:
Denied the opportunity to examine [Jeff] Pash at the arbitral hearing, Brady was prejudiced. He was foreclosed from exploring, among other things, whether the Pash Wells Investigation was truly “independent,” and how and why the NFL’ s General Counsel came to edit a supposedly independent investigation report…Brady was also prejudiced because there was no other witness, apart from Pash, who was as “competent to address the substantive core of the claim.”…As co-lead investigator and senior executive with the NFL, Pash was in the best position to testify about the NFL ‘s degree of involvement in, and potential shaping of, a heralded “independent” Investigation.
• Brady was denied equal access to investigative files from the Paul Weiss report:
The Court finds that Commissioner Goodell’s denial of the Players Association’s motion to produce the Paul, Weiss investigative files, including notes of witness interviews, for Brady’s use at the arbitral hearing was fundamentally unfair and in violation of 9 U.S.C. § 10(a)(3) and that Brady was prejudiced as a result. The interview notes were, at the very least, the basis for the Wells Report, and Brady was prejudiced by his lack of access to them. Brady was denied the opportunity to examine and challenge materials that may have led to his suspension and which likely facilitated Paul, Weiss attorneys’ cross-examination of him.
Compounding Brady’s prejudice is the fact that, as noted, Paul, Weiss acted as both alleged “independent” counsel during the Investigation and also (perhaps inconsistently) as retained counsel to the NFL during the arbitration. Paul, Weiss uniquely was able to retain access to investigative files and interview notes which it had developed; was able to use them in direct and cross-examinations of Brady and other arbitration witnesses; share them with NFL officials during the arbitral proceedings; and, at the same time, withhold them from Brady.
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NEW YORK (AP) — The independent neurological consultant who reversed course on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s post-concussion playing status has resigned and been replaced as the team’s concussion doctor.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed to The Associated Press on Saturday that Robert Kurtzke left the consultant program operated jointly by the league and the players’ union.
McCarthy said Kurtzke will stay on to continue to monitor Griffin’s status and determine when he can be cleared to play.
A message left by the AP at Kurtzke’s office Saturday was not immediately returned.
Abraham Kader is the new NFL-NFLPA independent neurological consultant assigned to the Redskins, McCarthy said.
The Washington Post first reported Kurtzke’s resignation and continued involvement with Griffin’s case.
Last month, Griffin missed Washington’s exhibition game at the Baltimore Ravens because of a concussion in the Redskins’ previous game, at home against the Detroit Lions on Aug. 20.
Two days before the Aug. 29 game against the Ravens, the Redskins announced Griffin had been cleared by a doctor to play. The next day, though, about 24 hours before kickoff in Baltimore, they changed direction and said Griffin would be held out of the game.
At the time of the reversal, the Redskins sent out a press release quoting Kurtzke, who said: “We had anticipated yesterday that the patient would be cleared for full participation in game play this weekend. However, upon further scrutiny today of the neuropsychology data, I agree with the neuropsychologist that he should be held from game play this weekend.”
The next week, Redskins coach Jay Gruden – who had said in February that Griffin would be the team’s starting quarterback this season – named Kirk Cousins the QB for 2015. Gruden said that decision was not because of Griffin’s head injury, but because Cousins earned the job with his play in the preseason.
Jarryd Hayne’s ‘incredible journey’ continues with 49ers
Novelty became reality Saturday as Jarryd Hayne, the Australian rugby league star attempting to become an NFL player, made the San Francisco 49ers’ 53-man roster.
Hayne made the announcement on Twitter.
Australian media highlighted Hayne making the roster early Sunday, Australia time.
“Hayne Plane arrives on schedule,” The Australian newspaper said.
The Sydney Morning Herald said Hayne “completed one of the greatest code-switches in sporting history.”
Hayne might be on the roster because of his performance in Week 2 of the preseason — rushing for 54 yards on eight carries and returning three punts for 84 yards against the Dallas Cowboys. He helped solidify his spot in the preseason finale, with 58 yards rushing on 10 attempts, two receptions for 17 yards and three punt returns for 43 yards while also running over a hapless San Diego Chargers cornerback on a catch-and-run.
“For the first time I was comfortable and got my pads low, which is good, so it’s good to be working on that all the time and finally get that down pat,” Hayne said after the Chargers game.
Hayne’s preseason total of 175 rushing yards on 25 carries, was second in the NFL, behind the Detroit Lions’ Zach Zenner. His 7.0 yards per carry led the league, and his 163 yards on 10 punt returns ranked third.
“It’s been really fun to watch. Right off the bat you notice how well he can catch a ball,” veteran place-kicker Phil Dawson said. “Catching a punt is probably one of the toughest skills in the NFL, and he’s just stepped right in and looks like a natural.”
Under a section of the newspaper called “Hayne Mania,” the Sunday Telegraph in Sydney said Hayne was sightseeing with his mother Jodie and two sisters in San Francisco when told he made the cut.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio said Hayne had gone from “curiosity to star” in a matter of weeks in the United States, while news of him making the cut was among the leading items on news and sports reports and morning breakfast shows Sunday.
Rangers hire Chris Drury to this key post
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General manager Jeff Gorton said Friday Drury will work with the hockey operations department and the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. He also will help oversee and evaluate college players.
The 39-year-old Drury spent 12 years in the NHL. He played four seasons with the Rangers, the last in 2011. He was their captain for three seasons.
He also played for Colorado, Calgary and Buffalo. He finished with 255 goals and 360 assists and won a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2001.
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BOSTON — David Ortiz hit his 30th homer of the season Saturday for the ninth time with the Boston Red Sox, setting a club record.
The 39-year-old Ortiz surpassed Hall of Famer Ted Williams’ record of eight with a drive that hooked around the Pesky Pole, capping an eight-run fourth inning against Philadelphia.
It was Big Papi’s 496th career homer.
Terrelle Pryor snags roster spot as Browns wide receiver
CLEVELAND (AP) — Terrelle Pryor didn’t catch one pass during the preseason. He snagged a roster spot anyway.
The former Ohio State and Oakland quarterback made the Browns’ roster as a wide receiver, and he’s expected to be used in other ways by a Cleveland team lacking game-changing playmakers.
The 26-year-old Pryor was slowed by a hamstring injury during training camp and only made his exhibition debut Thursday night in Chicago. Pryor did not have a reception – he wasn’t targeted – but he displayed his versatility by taking two snaps at quarterback and blocking on the punt team. The Browns are intrigued by the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder’s potential and kept him on their initial 53-man roster.
There were few surprises as the Browns, who went 7-9 last season under first-year coach Mike Pettine, trimmed their roster on Saturday. Pryor was one of seven wide receivers to make the squad, and his selection came at the expense of rookie Vince Mayle, a fourth-round pick from Washington State who may end up on Cleveland’s practice squad. Wide receiver Josh Lenz, an undrafted free agent who played well in the preseason, was also let go.
The Browns also released veteran backup quarterback Thad Lewis, leaving them with just starter Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel, who has resumed throwing after being limited by a sore elbow the past few weeks. Pryor, who made 10 starts for the Raiders, could also serve as Cleveland’s third quarterback.
Lewis’ release seems to indicate Manziel will be available to back up McCown for next week’s season opener against the Jets.
Pettine said finalizing the roster wasn’t easy.
”Some of the discussions at the 75 cut were difficult. We knew it was going to be some tough choices that had to be made at the 53. We were right,” he said. ”There were lengthy discussions. It was not cut and dry. A lot of variables went into it. Still, even now past the deadline, the situation is still very fluid.”
Pryor had only played some wide receiver in high school before he decided to give it a go at the game’s highest level. He remains a work in progress, but Pryor’s size and speed make a unique athlete and the Browns can envision using him in multiple formations and packages.
It helped Pryor that he has some background with new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo as the two worked together with the Raiders. As Oakland’s starter for nine games in 2013, Pryor rushed for 576 yards and two touchdowns, including a 93-yarder on the first play from scrimmage against Pittsburgh – the longest run in NFL history by a quarterback.
The Browns kept only six offensive linemen and will likely add another one or two for depth. Last season, the team never recovered after losing Pro Bowl center Alex Mack with a broken leg in Week 6.
Cleveland is also starting the season with four tight ends, including E.J. Bibbs, the only undrafted rookie to make the squad.
Among the notables to survive the cut was defensive lineman Billy Winn, a four-year veteran whose future appeared in doubt because of the emergence of Jamie Meder and rookies Danny Shelton and Xavier Cooper. Also, the club signed free agent Randy Starks in the offseason, bolstering the team’s depth up front.
”That was big with Meder stepping up. That’s like found money,” Pettine said. ”He’s a guy that was undrafted a year ago that we were able to add mid-season and then for him to step up and have the offseason he had and make a big jump, that was impressive. You add that to our rookie class with Danny and Xavier and then add veterans like Starks. Desmond (Bryant) had one of his better offseasons – he seems primed to have a big year – and the versatility of an Armonty Bryant that can swing back and forth between outside linebacker and defensive line gives you more depth there.”
Detroit Pistons conclude week of MMA training in Las Vegas
Some Detroit Pistons players recently learned MMA techniques that they probably won’t be applying in actual basketball games. But some extra toughness and additional training information can’t hurt. Here’s Detroit Live reporting:
Pistons conclude week of MMA training
The Pistons just wrapped a week of team bonding that saw most of Van Gundy’s youthful roster travel to the UFC training compound in Las Vegas, where they learned MMA techniques from Griffin, heavyweight Stefan Struve and strawweight women’s champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
“I love to do it, I’m excited to do it. I do get a little nervous,” Griffin told MMAJunkie.com. “That’s a very expensive knee going on there. The No. 1 job – my job – is to make sure these guys don’t get hurt.
“Do not get people hurt. Do not get million-dollar athletes hurt.”
Nkemdiche has surprise TD in 76-3 win for No. 17 Ole Miss
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Robert Nkemdiche got a huge thrill as he rumbled 31 yards down the sideline for his first career touchdown during No. 17 Mississippi’s incredibly lopsided 76-3 victory over UT Martin.
But the 296-pound Nkemdiche – whose day job is defensive lineman for the Rebels – knows someone who was even more elated.
His mother Beverly.
‘That was for mom,” Nkemdiche said. ”It’s rare that she can come. Coach Freeze and I came up with it and we worked on it in practice.”
Nkemdiche’s surprising touchdown catch was the highlight of a dominant day for the Ole Miss offense.
Chad Kelly’s first passing attempt was good for a 27-yard completion. Jaylen Walton’s first carry was right up the middle for a 60-yard touchdown.
Just about everything Ole Miss tried on Saturday worked and the touchdowns started piling up in a hurry. The end result: The most points in a game for the program since 1935. The Rebels finished with 662 total yards.
”It was a great day for the offense overall,” Kelly said. ”I was excited about the opportunity to play with my brothers for the first time in a game situation.”
Kelly – who is the nephew of NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly – looked comfortable and efficient in his first start. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior has taken a long road to a starting role, starting at Clemson before transferring to East Mississippi Community College and finally Oxford.
He threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns and also added a 20-yard touchdown run. He completed 9 of 15 passes.
Kelly earned the starting nod over Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade in what coach Hugh Freeze called a tight race. All three played well against the Skyhawks.
”You’ve got to know when you can take your shots,” Kelly said. ”We did a good job with that overall.”
The return of receiver Laquon Treadwell was also a good sign for the Rebels. Treadwell – who was the team’s leading receiver in 2014 – broke his leg and dislocated his ankle in a gruesome injury against Auburn last season.
He caught four passes for 44 yards on Saturday, though one of his dropped passes bounced off his hands and right into the arms of a UT Martin defender for an interception.
Ole Miss also had some good moments on defense, including Trae Elston’s 93-yard interception return for a touchdown. Nkemdiche, on top of his surprise offensive appearance, blocked a UT Martin field goal attempt.
”That’s the worst resemblance of defense that we have put on the field in 10 years. It’s embarrassing,” UT Martin coach Jason Simpson said.
The only bad moment for the Rebels was off the field.
Ole Miss announced less than an hour before the game that starting left tackle Laremy Tunsil would not play because of an ongoing issue with his NCAA eligibility.
The school said during the summer that is was looking into allegations by Tunsil’s stepfather that the offensive lineman had improper contact with agents and received illegal benefits.
Tunsil’s absence didn’t matter. The Rebels dominated the overmatched Skyhawks even with Fahn Cooper starting at left tackle. But the 6-foot-5, 305-pound Tunsil – a junior who is considered a possible first-round NFL draft pick in April – will be sorely needed when the Rebels open SEC play against Alabama on Sept. 19.
Freeze said he had ”no idea” if Tunsil would be eligible for next week’s game against Fresno State.
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