On a recent episode of his Podcast, Joe Rogan ponders what causes Jon Jones to act such a fool, and comes to the conclusion that Jon’s actions are indicative of brain damage. Joe Rogan has never shied away from talking about head trauma in mixed martial arts, including his infamous talk with Brendan Schaub.
“I am, without a doubt, not trying to let him off the hook. What he did was horrible. If it was someone in my family that he hit with that car I would be unbelievably furious. I’m incredibly disappointed in him. I think the UFC absolutely did the right thing in stripping him of his title. I think law enforcement is going to do the right thing by putting him in jail. They’re going to.” – Joe Rogan
“You can’t hit someone with a car and leave the scene of the crime. It is a crime, but there are things that people do because they have brain damage.” – Joe Rogan
“That’s where the real question comes up. Obviously they’re responsible ultimately for their own actions, but what is it that’s responsible for making them do that action? If the brain is getting damaged and if we have proven that some of the issues with people that have brain damage is impulse control you’ve got to wonder when you see fighters do wild, crazy sshit, how much of that is due to getting bonked in the fucking head all the time?” – Joe Rogan
What do you think? Does Jon Jones display signs of brain damage, or he is just a young, rich dude livin’ it up and making a few mistakes?
Serious Note: The harsh reality of our sport, taking those types of blows to the head is NOT GOOD FOR YOU. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma. This trauma, which includes multiple concussions, triggers progressive degeneration of the brain tissue, including the build-up of an abnormal protein called tau. These changes in the brain can begin months, years, or even decades after the last concussion or end of active athletic involvement. The brain degeneration is associated with memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, paranoia, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, and, eventually, progressive dementia.
For more information: http://www.sportslegacy.org/research/cte/
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