Coach Slams NBA’s Concussion Policy, Says Concussed Players Should Have ‘Say-So’

The dynamic between a coach wanting his player to compete, regardless of whether the player’s well-being was at risk, was on full and sickening display over the weekend.

New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams ripped the NBA’s concussion policy after center Anthony Davis, the league’s No. 1 draft pick, missed a game for evaluation purposes after taking an elbow to the head from teammate Austin Rivers.

‘‘Now, they treat everybody like they have white gloves and pink drawers and it’s getting old,” Williams told the media. “It’s just the way the league is now.’’

Williams continued:  ‘‘It’s a man’s game. They’re treating these guys like they’re 5 years old. He desperately wanted to come (to Chicago), but he couldn’t make it.’’

The coach then backtracked slightly, showing his ignorance as to whether concussions affect everyone the same.

‘‘I’m not saying I don’t like it. We’ve got to protect the players, but I think the players should have more say-so in how they feel. I’m sure I had four or five concussions when I played, and it didn’t bother me.”

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