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Junior Seau's Family

Sues NFL

Over Brain Injuries

1/23/2013 9:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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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All nfl players know the risk of playing football.

604 days ago


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***

604 days ago


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

604 days ago


Screw that. Nobody forced him to play.

604 days ago

Fuck Celebrities    

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

604 days ago


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

604 days ago


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 .

604 days ago


Large Samoan families have to eat.

604 days ago


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

604 days ago

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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.

604 days ago


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

604 days ago

jason g    

Frivolous lawsuit. Everyone knows football is dangerous.

604 days ago


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

604 days ago


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.

604 days ago


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.

604 days ago
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