CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Panthers player is setting off a social media firestorm about concussions.
The post about pill bottles on Michael Oher’s Instagram account reads, “All for the brain SMH.”
It’s a controversial topic that not only impacts the NFL, but also parents with children who play football.
Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman released a statement Friday night saying, "I don't know if Michael posted that photo or not," Gettleman said. "Regardless, my primary interest is Michael's health." The post has now been deleted, but it certainly hit a nerve.
"Our No. 1 priority is a healthy Michael Oher. This is not about football, this is about Michael," Getlleman continued.
The word “concussion” is not mentioned in the post, but people social media were buzzing about the controversial topic on social media.
Former NFL Player, Eugene Monroe, responded on Twitter by saying, “Been there bro. I’m still dealing with issues from my concussion on a daily basis. Praying you are lead to do the right thing.”
Oher, an offensive tackle, inspired the movie Blindside. He missed all but three games last year because of lingering concussion symptoms. Oher was also just in the news last month for allegedly assaulting an Uber driver.
The latest post is adding fuel to an already heated debate about football safety at all levels. Last year, Tega Cay Parks and Recreation decided to eliminate tackle football for children ages 5 to 11.
In addition, new technology is meant to better track head injuries. For example, a high-tech mouth guard tested at the University of South Carolina has sensors that record the impact to an athlete’s skull.
Now, there’s another eye-opening moment tied to football. NFL columnist, Mike Freeman described Oher’s post in a tweet as being “scary as hell”.