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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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61.

rosa    

I don't understand how people are surprised that these aggressive sports can cause traumatic brain injuries. I hit my head (not even hard but rather just right on my temple) & have had severe traumatic symptoms drop that injury. It doesn't take much to severely injury your brain. The only way to protect these players from these injuries is to end the game called football or stop making the game so appealing by paying the players millions of dollars. The whole thing to me kind makes me mad cuz its to stupid. How do you not understand you will injure your brain & body.

555 days ago
62.

Cammmmorg    

Really....,.,.,????....all the family loved the attention, the money, the fame, the cars, the houses and restaurant...and now they want to sue?? Makes me sick but frankly...not suprised by the family looking to cash in on Junior's death...another "family victim" looking for a quick bundle of cash..disgusting!

555 days ago
63.

Drizzz.    

I don't understand why we don't stand up to this sh!t. Why should this family get more money than this player had already earned? I think any big sporting league supports it's players best it can, the players get paid thousands, if not hundreds of thousands each week while the average struggle to make a hundred g in a lifetime. They most definitely NOT have to fork out more than they already do. If players don't wanna look after their money, and themselves, then they are irrelevant.

555 days ago
64.

boltman83    

Quit posting pics of him in those patriots rags... that Legend will be a Charger for life!!

555 days ago
65.

Skeeter Sampson    

The NFL has a boat load of lawyers on staff who will drag this on forever. Over and above that, football is all about hitting the other guy as hard as you can. Make millions and then sue your employer.

555 days ago
66.

4reallikecomon    

A waste of time this lawsuit.

554 days ago
67.

BIG HUERO    

DEDICATION http://youtu.be/IzDADmtK4UQ

554 days ago
68.

backfire    

It is very sad this story and many others like it. Making a choice to earn the big bucks in sports like football or boxing can cause brain injuries as we have all read. I think it is a personal decision.

554 days ago
69.

Sweetpea064    

I think that this family is being mislead by some lawyer trying to capitalize off of their grief. I hope that they will reconsider and move toward acceptance and peace in their hearts. I don't think that he was the type of person that would want his family to fight this battle.

554 days ago
70.

Cinner    

This lawsuit is pointless and indeed some attorneys have mislead this family into filing this. The NFL did not force Junior to play, he played on his own volition. He knew full and well the risks he was taking...its a brutal, full contact sport.

554 days ago
71.

duck80    

Pretty sure football players know the chances are high that they will get hurt

554 days ago
72.

Badchyle    

Funny he didn't kill himself when the NFL was paying him big bucks. Even amazing that those who benefitted from the NFL paying him big bucks are now suing for him fulfilling his part of the contract. They can start off by giving the NFL a refund then talks can begin.

554 days ago
73.

Reyna38    

Wtf sue the foot ball league since every FUKEN person in this planet knows that football is a very dangerous game... Stop being money hungry fucen pigs

554 days ago
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