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Junior Seau's Family

Sues NFL

Over Brain Injuries

1/23/2013 9:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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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."

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101 COMMENTS

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46.

Bre    

All nfl players know the risk of playing football.

535 days ago
47.

krystin    

Way to clog up the court system with another frivoulous lawsuit!!! Anyone with common sense knows he chose to play that sport despite the harm it could cause him. ***smh***

535 days ago
48.

daringsugar    

Why didn't they sue when he was living? The players know the risks! Yet, another greedy family steps forward!

535 days ago
49.

Toilethead    

Screw that. Nobody forced him to play.

535 days ago
50.

Fuck Celebrities    

What about all the hits he took prior to the NFL?

535 days ago
51.

dale12    

Good for Jr's Family! Make the Greedy, money hungry NFL pay!

535 days ago
52.

jim     

This is one of the stupidest thing s I have ever herd. They will lose on all accounts . I do feel there pain and wish there had been help for Junior .

535 days ago
53.

hunter    

Large Samoan families have to eat.

535 days ago
54.

Nvts    

SURPRISE!!!! Gee, we didn't see that coming!! What a bunch of money hungry vultures!!!

535 days ago
55.

No comment    

I folllow football closely, I am aware of all the lawsuits, I am aware of the toll football took on the bodies of Jim Otto, and Earl Campbell. However, Seau pissed away the millions and millions he made. This is like a police officer or fire fighter family suing after their loved on get killed in the line of duty. There are risk, and football is violent sport.

535 days ago
56.

skyblu    

Even with all that padding they still get injured. Awwwww. Watch some real men play football, Australian football.

535 days ago
57.

jason g    

Frivolous lawsuit. Everyone knows football is dangerous.

535 days ago
58.

Haiti2miami    

so all the money he makes playing in the nfl are they gonna give it all back.. then ok sue the nfl.. otherwise stfu

535 days ago
59.

Sugar    

Predictable. They will lose. Too many other factors, school ball, college ball, lifestyle choices and each individual who plays knows the danger involved. That said, it will light a fire under the league's ass to look at spending on better equipment and mental health services in retirement.

535 days ago
60.

barcham    

I'm just stunned that anyone ever thought that repetitive blows to the head would not cause harm. Seriously, what did these people expect? Go bang your head against the wall ONE time and tell me how you feel after. Then imagine doing it thousands of times over a number of years. If someone doesn't think that will lead to serious consequences then I think he's been hit one too many times in the head.

535 days ago
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