Sunday media: Why ESPN’s Merril Hoge may not rush out Christmas morning to buy a ticket to ‘Concussion’

1220_SPO_LDN-L-MEDIA-1220Will Smith will be up on the giant theater screen this Christmas weekend, portraying Dr. Bennet Omalu in “Concussion.”

It’s Russell Crowe as Dr. Jeffrey Wigand from “The Insider.”
Maybe Julia Roberts as “Erin Brokovich.”
Consider a wisp of Humphrey Bogart, playing a news reporter who discovers that boxing matches are fixed in “The Harder They Fall” and he tries to unfix them.

Retired NFL player Merril Hoge testifies before a House committee on brain injuries in 2009. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Retired NFL player Merril Hoge testifies before a House committee on brain injuries in 2009. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Here’s where Merril Hoge might want to step in and do his own whistleblowing.

The former Pittsburgh Steelers running back and ESPN “Sunday NFL Countdown” studio analyst has yet to see a screening of the film, and isn’t sure he wants to.

“I might have to just to see, with my own eyes, the inconsistencies and fabrications,” Hoge says. “But that’s Hollywood. They can take those kind of liberties.”
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ALSO:
== A well constructed review of “Concussion” by Michael Hurley of CBS Boston
== Time magazine review of “Concussion”
== Why ESPN’s Adam Schefter endorses seeing the PBS “League of Denial” instead of “Concussion.”
== Reaction from former NFL players who saw a screening of “Concussion”
== Will Smith tells CBS This Morning why making “Concussion” was a conflict for him: “I’m a football dad. And my son, Trey, played for four years at Oaks Christian, which is a football powerhouse. And it was just one of the most beautiful times in my life, as a parent — the bonding, the excitement for the family, the Friday night lights, all that. I loved it. So, you know, when I received this screenplay, I was really conflicted. I really don’t want to be that guy, the guy who reveals that playing football could potentially cause brain damage.”

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