The Tua Tagovailoa Incident Should Be Investigated Professionally, Civilly and Criminally

Michael Francis
6 min readSep 30, 2022
Tua Tagovailoa, quaterback of the Miami Dolphins. (Image Credit: Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

What we saw yesterday was a grotesque example of profits over people.

If you’re familiar with the series of events that put Tagovailoa into Thursday’s game, feel free to skip ahead to the next heading. For those that don’t follow these things quite as closely, here’s the recap:

On Sunday, the Miami Dolphins played the Buffalo Bills, in a contest featuring two of the NFL’s last undefeated teams. Tagovailoa got up from the hit, but stumbled as he made his way up the field. It was a concerning moment.

He would later return to that game, having cleared the leagues concussion protocal, and go on to lead the Dolphins to their best start since 1972.

After the game, Tagovailoa reported that it was back that locked up, and that he had clearled the concussion protocal. His status was listed as questionable for Thursday’s game against the Bengals, with the back injury listed.

Many had their doubts. The original hit appeared to be a head injury, and while back injuries aren’t unheard of in the NFL, they aren’t quite as common — or as dangerous — as head injuries.

Tua would start Thursday night. In the second quarter, Tagovailoa was sacked. Upon hitting he field, his hands froze…