Numerous anecdotal tales about the dangers of synthetic turf haunt professional athletes. We can still remember with sickening detail when Wendell Davis of the Chicago Bears ended his career without contact when he tore both ACLs at Veterans Stadium.
However, there’s now a new silent killer in synthetic turf: lead. Yes, the same paint additives that helped kill your chance at getting into a decent college when you got the munchies as a kid now permeates the synthetic turf landscape. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found two fields in New Jersey that had to be shut down. (Man, New Jersey can’t catch a break.)