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#1 Grapefruits

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:13 PM

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Junior Seau's family has filed a lawsuit against the NFL over brain injuries the Chargers legend sustained during his career -- injuries they claim caused him to kill himself.

The family filed the wrongful death lawsuit today in San Diego, claiming the league willfully hid the truth about the dangers of repetitive blows to the head ... such as those regularly sustained by professional football players.

According to the lawsuit, Seau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) from those hits -- a condition that his family claims drove him to suicide.

The Seau family is also suing NFL helmet manufacturer Riddell -- calling the helmets dangerous and claiming the company was "negligent in their design."

Seau died last May after shooting himself in the chest. He was 43.

The Seau lawsuit is just one of a reported 175 lawsuits filed against the NFL by players and their families over head injuries sustained during their careers.

After filing the lawsuit, the family released a statement, saying, "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."

The NFL hasn't responded to the lawsuit -- but after it was revealed Seau had CTE, the league released a statement, saying, "The NFL ... 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."

Edited by zero-ONE-three, 23 January 2013 - 07:14 PM.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:22 PM

This is like fat people suing Mcdonalds.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:28 PM

This is like fat people suing Mcdonalds.


Not really. The family that sued that energy drink company because their daughter died after consuming more than the daily recommended dose and the daughter had a heart condition, was like fat people suing Mcdonalds.

This case is more legitimate. The family isn't doing to win, but they have a legitimate gripe. Concussions are an issue in which more can be done to prevent them.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:26 AM

This head injury bandwagon movement that encompasses both the NHL and NFL is irritating to say the least -- an obvious money grab, but worse, effectively making people not responsible for their own decisions.

Seau, NFL players, NHL players, all know/knew there are risks in playing such physically violent sports. Only thanks to an excessively litigant, not-take-responsibility-for-own-decisions culture does stuff like this ever even become prominent.

I hope these head trauma/concussion lawsuits all fail.

Edited by zaibatsu, 24 January 2013 - 04:30 AM.

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