ESPN and ABC are both reporting this morning that after analysis, it has been determined that former linebacker Junior Seau did suffer brain trauma. Seau committed suicide last May. Seau’s family donated his brain to research in order to see if playing professional football played a possible role in his suicide.
Speaking exclusively to ESPN and ABC, Seau’s ex-wife and oldest son told reporters that the results of analysis on the brain revealed that Seau tested positive for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is a condition caused from repeated blows to the head. The disease leads to dementia, memory loss and depression.
Seau’s wife told reporters, “I think it’s important for everyone to know that Junior did indeed suffer from CTE. It’s important that we take steps to help these players. We certainly don’t want to see anything like this happen again to any of our athletes.” She described Seau’s life in his final few years of playing football as being filled with mood swings, depression, memory loss, insomnia and detachment.
This information does not bode well for the NFL and the pending concussion lawsuit. The league is facing a class action lawsuit from former players which as claiming they are currently suffering from medical issues which were caused from concussions suffered while playing in the NFL. Players are claiming that too little attention was paid to concussions in the past.
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