Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Junior Seau Commits Suicide

Former Charger, Dolphin, and Patriots linebacker Junior Seau was found dead in his home after an apparent self inflicted gun shot to the chest. The body was discovered by Seau's girlfriend  at around 10AM pacific time. This is just the latest in former NFL players committing suicide, and concussions suffered during their careers are to blame for their mental states. Last year former NFL player Dave Duerson also shot himself in the chest because he wanted his brain examined for possible linking between concussions and mentally impaired.

 Ann McKee, a neurology professor at Boston University medical school says there is a link between concussions and long term brain damage. She has examined brains of former NFL players who have had concussions and found that 18 out of 19 brains examined, there was permanent damage done to the brain. The examinations showed the presence of memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, paranoia ,depression, aggression, and progressive dementia. The link between brain damage and concussions has been established, but NFL players continue to kill themselves instead of getting the help that they need.

 There is no word of a suicide note left by Seau, but he did text his kids and ex-wife just yesterday "love you", and his family did not notice any signs of depression. Back in 2010 Seau drove his car off a cliff, but insisted it was not a suicide attempt and he simply fell asleep at the wheel. Seau played in the NFL for 20 years, and concussions were not a big issue during the first half of his career so concussions would often go undocumented. Seau is the 8th member of the 1994 Chargers Super Bowl team to pass away. Seau was 43 years old.

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