Did Arians' comments about parents cross a line?

Posted at 10:49 PM, Mar 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 01:49:03-04

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is known for two things: His ability to win, and his blunt, candid demeanor.

Still, Arians' comments last week about parents who don't allow their children to play football caught quite a few people off guard.

In response to mounting concerns about concussions and other injuries among kids who play football, Arians said such concerns are overblown.

"Our game is great. People that say 'I won’t let my son play it' are fools,' the Cards coach said.

Arians said studies show girls aged 8-12 who play soccer are more likely to suffer a concussion than boys and girls of the same age who play football. He also said football offers life skills that other sports don't. 

"I think it teaches more values than any other game that you play: toughness, get up and fight," he said. "You have things that happen in your life that aren’t going to be good. If you play football, you know how to handle them."

Arians noted DNA tests exist that allow parents to learn whether their kids are more susceptible to concussions, or should stay away from contact sports altogether.

"It's only 400 bucks. Go get one," he said.

Do you agree with Arians, or did his remarks cross a line? ABC15's Jason Snavely and Tom Zenner debated that point during Sunday night's "In The Ring" segment.

Check out the above video to see what they had to say, and be sure to let us know what you think.