Justin Timberlake plans to keep his son far away from the football field. The Grammy-winner is set to perform during this Sunday’s Superbowl halftime show in Minneapolis. Speaking before a packed crowd, Timberlake was asked if he thought his toddler son Silas might be a ballplayer in the future.
“Uh, he will never play football,” Timberlake replied.
“I mean, yeah, it’s kind of like that thing where my main objective is that he become a great person. And if he wants to get into the arts or sports, then yeah, I would fully support that. I think I can hopefully offer him some advice on what to do and what not to do, so yeah, but right now we’re working on our manners. That’s a big deal in our house right now. It’s like, one thing at a time.”
Timberlake’s comments didn’t come out of the blue. An ongoing debate about the dangers of professional football is between waged by activists and NFL industry execs. Repeated blows to the head cause chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a potentially life-threatening disease.
The medical community has issued grave warnings. Football, always considered to be a violent sport, is even more damaging to your health than was at first predicted. NFL critics say that a recent spate of player suicides can be attributed to CTE.
According to the Daily Mail: “Earlier this month, a group of former NFL players partnered with the Concussion Legacy Foundation to support an initiative to discourage parents from letting their children play football until they are at least 14.”
Timberlake’s last Superbowl gig was a disaster. The nation was outraged when he ripped off part of Janet Jackson’s top, exposing her breast. He insists that Jackson won’t be making a cameo.
“I think Vegas has a lot of odds on it, I heard. You know, from NSYNC to Jay (Z) to Chris Stapleton to Janet (Jackson),” Timberlake said.
(Source: Daily Mail)