Seau’s family sues NFL
Junior Seau committed suicide back in May. Now his family has sued the National Football League saying his death was caused by multiple head injuries while playing in the NFL.
Sports Center tweeted it first.
Junior Seau’s family has sued the NFL, claiming violent hits caused brain disease which led to his suicide.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 23, 2013
The family filed a wrongful death suit in the California Superior Court in San Diego on Wednesday, according to Bloomberg News. This suit is against the NFL for “acts of omission” which concealed the dangers of multiple hits to the head while Seau was in the league.
Seau’s autopsy showed that he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The family says that they know that they cannot bring Junior back but they can help bring awareness to the NFL.
The family said in a statement, “We know this lawsuit will not bring back Junior. But it will send a message that the NFL needs to care for its former players, acknowledge its decades of deception on the issue of head injuries and player safety, and make the game safer for future generations.”
Brian McCarthy, the spokesman for the league, told NFL.com’s Around the League, ”Our attorneys will review it and respond to the claims appropriately through the court.”
The suit is not only going after the NFL but also Riddell Inc, NFL helmet manufacturer. The suit says the helmets were unsafe.
The league told the Associated Press when they learned of Seau’s CTE, ”The NFL, both directly and in partnership with the NIH, Centers for Disease Control and other leading organizations, is committed to supporting a wide range of independent medical and scientific research that will both address CTE and promote the long-term health and safety of athletes at all levels.”