It is criminal that the NFL persecutes players who use marijuana when marijuana is the best possible remedy for the damage that leads to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy NFL’s Junior Seau had brain disease CTE when he killed himself
By Barry Wilner-Associated Press Thursday, January 10, 2013 Mass. Star linebacker Junior Seau had a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last May, the National Institutes of Health told The Associated Press on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Junior Seau, one of the NFL's best and fiercest players for nearly two decades, had a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last May, the National Institutes of Health told The Associated Press on Thursday.Results of an NIH study of Seau's brain revealed abnormalities consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy CTE.The NIH, based in Bethesda, Md., conducted a study of three unidentified brains, one of which was Seau's. It said the findings on Seau were similar to autopsies of people "with exposure to repetitive head injuries."Seau's family requested the analysis of his brain, which was overseen by Dr. Russell Lonser.Seau was a star linebacker for 20 NFL seasons with San Diego, Miami and New England before retiring in 2009. He died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound.He joins a list of several dozen football players who had CTE. Boston University's center for study of the disease reported last month that 34 former pro players and nine who played only college football suffered from CTE.