U.S. Senator Richard Durbin is calling on the Esquire Network to cancel its new T.V. show Friday Night Tykes.
The show explains what life is like in the eight and nine-year old division of the “Texas Youth Football Association” in San Antonio. The series shows the tough hits the children are taking on. It also shows just how violent the sport is even at nine years old. Senator Durbin worries that the show is almost promoting violent types of concussions.
“We see the results of concussions not only on day-to-day games, but it has a long term impact on individuals,” Durbin said on Thursday, February 27th, 2014. “The Esquire Network starts running this show about counseling seven and eight year olds on how to get into these football games and pay no attention to head injuries. It just sends the wrong message.”
News 8 tried contacting the Esquire Network in Los Angeles, but they have not commented on the situation. Illinois lawmakers recently tried passing a bill that limited the number of tackling that a football player could have in practice. Lawmakers brought up the bill because of concerns about concussions.