The NFL has sent a retraction request to The New York Times regarding a feature that called into question the validity of league-conducted research on concussions and long-term brain damage.
Politico obtained a copy of the NFL’s retraction letter, in which a league attorney called the Times’ feature "false and defamatory."
The letter also requested that the Times keep reporters’ notes and background material gathered for the feature, a request that Politico's Joe Pompeo wrote could indicate the NFL was preparing to take legal action.
The NFL initially responded to the report with a 1,000-word statement condemning the accuracy of the Times’ writers.
In light of the NFL’s request and possible legal action, should the Times acquiesce to the league’s demands? Or should it stand by its original report?