Lem Barney, the 11-year Lions veteran and Hall of Fame cornerback, issued an apology on Sunday for comments he made last Friday regarding football “becoming more deadly” and that he believes the sport will be gone in the next 10 to 20 years. Barney, joined at a news conference by a number of college coaches, including Michigan’s Brady Hoke and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, was part of the two-day Sound Mind Sound Body high school football academy at Southfield High. The theme of the camp this summer was player safety —Hoke and Dantonio had made presentations on that theme that morning. “I can see in the next 10, maybe 20 years, society will alleviate football all together, because of how big it’s becoming and the tenacity it already is. It can only get worse,” Barney said Friday, adding he suffered six or seven concussions during his 21-year career, including middle school. “It was a joy for me (to play). As a young kid, football was my goal, my dream, my aspiration. (But) it’s a very violent today. The game has gotten stronger, faster, bigger and in a lot of cases, more intelligent. When you look at collisions today, when an immovable object is hit by an immovable force, something has to give, and normally it’s a body part.” Barney on Sunday released a statement through his longtime attorney, Jim Acho. “While I made comments I believe to be truthful, it is apparent to me now that the camp was not the forum for those comments,” Barney said in the statement. “Those are the same comments I have made for years before Congress, under oath and at numerous events for retired players, and it’s become second nature.
Lions great Lem Barney apologizes for remarks made at prep football camp
Detroit News | Jun 17