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Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Junior Seau and head injuries

Former NFL great Junior Seau died today of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. If that is what it turns out to be, expect this to become another high-profile exhibit in the ongoing debate about football and head injuries (much like the suicide last year of former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson). Curious to see if Seau had agreed to have his brain examined as part of the study at BU's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy Brain Bank and, if so, what they find.

Update: Josh Levin at Slate has similar thoughts.

One More Update: This, unfortunately, gives me a chance to link to NFL Concussion Litigation, a blog started by a 3L at UMKC Law School that has been tracking the various lawsuits that have been, and are being, filed against the NFL by former players.


Appears Seau's family is going to allow BU to study his brain. Will be interesting to see what comes of this as more and more players bring suit.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 5/04/2012 10:45 AM  

It's another truly unfortunate aspect of how head injuries are affecting football players after retiring. Seau apparently had well over 1,000 concussions in his career and he was all for Goodell changing the culture of the league. It'll be interesting to see how this all develops in the courts.

Anonymous Lawrence Kansas Criminal Attorney -- 5/04/2012 2:46 PM  

Well over 1000??? Are you sure about that number. That seems a bit high...

Anonymous Anonymous -- 5/07/2012 1:32 PM  

It was really sad what happened to him and the fact that he could of gotten all of those concussions and no one knew about it makes it worse

Anonymous marc -- 5/10/2012 8:27 PM  

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