A New York State assemblyman wants to widen the scope of his proposed ban on young children playing tackle football.
Michael Benedetto, a Democrat from the Bronx, sponsored a bill this past February to ban tackle football for kids ten years old and under. Now, the fifth-term legislator wants to expand that ban to 13-year-olds on the grounds that the risk tackle football poses to children’s brains is too grave.
He also intends to introduce a similar ban on heading – the use of one’s head to strike a soccer ball – for the same age group.
Benedetto’s bill has little in the way of support and no co-sponsors in the state senate.