Junior Seau's Family Sues NFL
Suit alleges that head injuries lead to his suicide
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 23, 2013 1:35 PM CST
Junior Seau runs with the ball after an interception during New England's 34-17 win over the Browns at Gillette Stadium in this 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

(Newser) – Junior Seau's family has filed a wrongful death suit against the NFL, arguing that the former linebacker's suicide was the direct result of repetitive head trauma, and that the league's "acts or omissions" hid the danger of that trauma, the AP reports. The family is also suing helmet maker Riddell Inc., claiming that company officials have been "negligent in their design, testing, assembly, manufacture, marketing, and engineering."

"We know this lawsuit will not bring back Junior," the family said in a statement. "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 suit accused the league and NFL Films of glorifying the game's violence and downplaying its dangers. It points, for instance, to a 1993 video in which Seau explains his philosophy on big hits thusly: "If I can feel some dizziness, I know that guy is feeling double."

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People_Suck
Jan 26, 2013 3:22 PM CST
Another case of relatives taking advantage of a sad situation to extort money. I'm sure an attorney fueled the situation due to greed. It's a career Junior wanted and the danger's are well known. CTE cannot be diagnosed in a living human yet so I don't know how the NFL can be blamed.
BrushMan
Jan 23, 2013 3:51 PM CST
If the players wore the uniforms the first players of the game did, there would be far fewer injuries. Modern equipment allows savage hits that cause the sort of damage Seau suffered.
DougMasters
Jan 23, 2013 3:25 PM CST
family and lawyer lookin for a hand out settlement. there is nothing to link his head trauma to suicide.