The Ohio State University player found dead in a dumpster after an apparent suicide was killed by a gunshot wound, a coroner confirmed yesterday, but Kosta Karageorge's brain will be examined for injuries that could be linked to his football playing or wrestling. The examination by a neuropathologist isn't routine, the coroner tells NBC, but will be carried out because of the player's reported history of concussions. Before he disappeared last week, the 22-year-old sent his mother a text saying, "I am sorry I am an embarrassment but these concussions have my head all f---ed up."
OSU's wrestling coach says Karageorge had no documented concussions during his three years on the team, the Columbus Dispatch reports. His friend and fellow Ohio State defensive lineman Michael Bennett, however, tells Cleveland.com that Karageorge suffered concussions in both wrestling and football and didn't report them. "I think he was the toughest guy I ever met," Bennett says. "He must have been dealing with a lot of stuff internally. He was so appreciative of everything and so hard working, when he got [a concussion] during practice, or something like that, he wouldn't tell anybody." (Read more concussions stories.)