Junior Seau’s Family Sues NFL, Helmet Maker

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SAN DIEGO (Los Angeles Times) — The family of football star Junior Seau is suing the National Football League, asserting that he committed suicide because of brain injuries he suffered during his career.

“We know this lawsuit will not bring back Junior,” the family said in a statement given to the Associated Press. “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.”

Seau commited suicide in May 2012 at his home in Oceanside. An examination of his brain by the National Institutes of Health found that he was suffering from a degenerative brain disease.

More than 2,000 former players and their survivors are suing the NFL over head injuries, raising allegations similar to those in the Seau family lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday in San Diego County Superior Court.

The NIH study found that Seau had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a progressive disease linked to mood swings, depression, irritability, insomnia and, in later stages, dementia.

Seau, 43, who retired in 2009, killed himself with a gunshot without leaving a note. His family and friends have struggled to explain his actions.

An initial autopsy in San Diego found no brain damage due to his career as a bruising linebacker for Oceanside High, USC and later several NFL teams, most notably the San Diego Chargers. But the family asked for a more in-depth examination to be performed by the National Institutes of Health.

Plaintiffs in the Seau suit are his ex-wife, Gina, his children Tyler, Sydney, Jake and Hunter, and Bette Hoffman, trustee of his estate.

The lawsuit allegedly criticizes NFL Films for promoting the violent nature of the sport. The Seaus are also suing Riddell Inc., the company that manufactures helmets used in the NFL.

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  • Not the NFL's fault

    Go figure,

    The gravey-train shot himself and now his family from the hood in O'side want to chase the NFL down for money. This was all his own doing, get on with your lives.

    I hope the judge throws the case out, bunch of loosers!

  • Sarah

    NOr did the manufacture of the helmets supply with the proper equipment. And for the records NTNFL fault, Jr. did more for his hood than your are for the ghetto you live in.

    • Not the NFL's fault

      He was a coward, only a coward shoots them self. Just because he played a game of contact sports, the family has nothing to sue over.

      You sara need to venture over to O'side.
      It is a pit, just getting deeper, with no help from the coward. He's dead now.

  • wasnandwear

    He CHOSE to play football. He KNEW the consequences of being whacked in the head each and ever day for all those years.

    I hope his family gets NOTHING.

  • Robert

    They should BAN football, altogether, then, right???? No more problems and lawsuits. Then lets see how these guys survive on unemployment. B)