BOSTON (CBS) – A pair of lawmakers are making a push to ban youth tackle football in Massachusetts.
Two state representatives recently introduced a bill that would ban children in grade seven or under from playing tackle football.READ MORE: 'Vax Express' Commuter Rail Train Bringing Shots To Communities With Low COVID Vaccination Rates
The proposal is based on research that suggests long-term damage for children who suffer multiple concussions. Flag football and touch football would still be allowed.READ MORE: US Buys 200 Million More Doses Of Moderna's COVID Vaccine
If passed, schools or leagues could be fined $2,000 for each violation.
New England Patriots offensive lineman David Andrews was one of the people who reacted to the proposal on social media.MORE NEWS: Worcester City Council Approves Pension Petition For Officer Manny Familia's Family
“This is really sad to me as someone who has played this game since I was 6 years old,” Andrews tweeted. “I understand people’s concerns with children playing and I respect that. But let parents and kids decide if they want to play or not.”