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Jalen Ramsey says NFL must focus more on player health, ‘not freaking socks’

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Jalen Ramsey is the newest superstar to talk out against the NFL amid the Tua Tagovailoa concussion controversy.

The Los Angeles Rams cornerback spoke with reporters Saturday and was asked in regards to the situation and player safety generally. He attacked the league for seeming to care more about players’ clothing than their health.

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey during a game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium Oct. 31, 2021, in Houston. 
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“Player safety must be probably the most vital things to speak about,” Ramsey said. “It should probably be talked about more. After which s— like getting fined for socks … or s— like getting fined for tights or BS or anything like that. … That should not be talked about as much.

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“That is the stuff that they should put an emphasis [on]. Not freaking, ‘Oh his socks are too high or his socks are too low’ or something like that. That is so lame. I’m so beyond that.”

Ramsey said he has been fined every week this season for uniform violations.

“I will proceed to get fined because I will be swaggy on the market,” Ramsey said. “I will wear the identical thing this week too, so I’m ready for the advantageous. Come on with it, right?”

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey reacts after an interception during the first half of a game against the Tennessee Titans Nov. 7, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif.

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey reacts after an interception in the course of the first half of a game against the Tennessee Titans Nov. 7, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif.
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Ramsey makes loads of money, so the fines don’t hurt him much. Actually, he said he’ll match all his uniform violation fines and donate the quantity to charity.

What frustrates him, he said, is that he feels he plays the sport the proper strategy to avoid injuring other players, and “it is not in regards to the other BS.”

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“But I play the sport with integrity, right? I play the sport the proper way. I attempt to be certain individuals are protected,” Ramsey said. “Like obviously I need to go on the market and hurt my opponents and strike fear and all that. But I don’t need to injure no one. But that is what the sport is about. It isn’t in regards to the other BS. I just wish possibly I could start the conversation straight away …

“If we would like to go on the market and look good, and it ain’t hurting the integrity of the sport, why are y’all fining me $10,000 for my socks? That do not make no sense.”

The Los Angeles Rams' Jalen Ramsey warms up before a game against the Green Bay Packers Nov. 28, 2021, in Green Bay, Wisc.

The Los Angeles Rams’ Jalen Ramsey warms up before a game against the Green Bay Packers Nov. 28, 2021, in Green Bay, Wisc.
(AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

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The NFL Players Association terminated the neurotrauma consultant who checked Tagovailoa for a concussion Sunday after it was found he made “several mistakes” in his evaluation of the quarterback, in response to multiple reports.

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