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Super Bowl MVP Charged With Domestic Violence

Former Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien is accused

(Newser) - Former Super Bowl hero Mark Rypien has been arrested in Washington state on suspicion of domestic violence, per the AP . Police say Rypien faces a charge of fourth-degree assault. The 56-year-old was processed at the Spokane County Jail around 6:30pm Sunday and was awaiting a court appearance Monday. Rypien... More »

He Made His Living as an NHL Fighter. Now, the Lawsuit

Widow of Todd Ewen sues league, says CTE led to her husband's suicide

(Newser) - Todd Ewen was the classic NHL "enforcer" during his 11 seasons in the league. Translation: He "fought in almost every one of his games," writes Nicolas Pollock in the Atlantic . The sad footnote: Ewen committed suicide in 2015 at age 49. His widow, Kelli, blames the NHL,... More »

His Brain Was Betraying Him. An Autopsy Showed Why

The 'NYT' looks at the life and death of Jason Hairston

(Newser) - Kirstyn Hairston thought her husband might take his own life. But she didn't expect it would come so soon, or that he would do it in their home as the kids were downstairs. "But would you want to live if you knew you were losing your mind?" she... More »

Mom on College Footballer's Suicide: 'Maybe It's His Own Brain'

Augustus Lee's brain to be studied by concussion researchers

(Newser) - Phyllis Lee was shocked to learn her 20-year-old son, a University of Richmond football player, had killed himself by asphyxiation in his car just off campus, where his body was found early Tuesday, per USA Today . "I just wonder if something happened … because what he did was so... More »

Ex-NFL Players Stunned by Concussion Settlements

Some recipients are seeing their payments reduced

(Newser) - A $1 billion settlement for former NFL players with chronic brain trauma is adding up to little or nothing for some recipients, USA Today reports. Approved in 2015 , the money was supposed to help family of ex-players who had died or were in nursing homes. But at least a dozen... More »

Hit Caused a Concussion at Age 12. He Was Dead by 13

Bleacher Report looks at what happened to James Ransom after the hit

(Newser) - On the drive home from the game on Sept. 12, 2015, Greg Ransom spotted blood on his 12-year-old son's ear. Ransom had been at James' Pop Warner football game that Saturday but didn't see the hit to his head. James that night simply explained he had his "... More »

Washington State QB Had Brain Damage at Time of Suicide

Tyler Hilinski's parents say he had signs of CTE when he died

(Newser) - The family of the Washington State football player who died of suicide in January said the 21-year-old quarterback had extensive brain damage that's been linked to concussions from playing the sport, the AP reports. Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment with a gunshot wound and a suicide... More »

Former NFL Star May Spend Life in Prison

Kellen Winslow Jr. accused of rape and kidnapping

(Newser) - Kellen Winslow Jr. is a former NFL Pro Bowl player who was once the highest-paid tight end in the league. He's also the son of a Hall of Famer. But prosecutors say Winslow is something else now: a kidnapper, rapist, and burglar. The 34-year-old has been jailed in Vista,... More »

He Went From the NFL to Prison. The Question Is, Why?

The LAT looks at the downfall of Titus Young

(Newser) - "I believe God has a plan for me and deep down I believe it's to dominate the NFL." So wrote Titus Young—from an LA prison. In a piece for the Los Angeles Times , Nathan Fenno tracks the former Detroit Lions wide receiver's unraveling, poking at—... More »

He Was a Good Husband and Father. Football Changed Him

Emily Kelly on being married to an ex-NFL player with brain damage

(Newser) - "These men chose football, but they didn't choose brain damage," Emily Kelly writes in the New York Times . CTE has been found in the brains of over 100 deceased NFL players, and Kelly believes her husband will one day join their ranks. Rob Kelly retired in... More »

CTE Can Develop in Those Who've Never Had a Concussion

A single hit to the head can initiate changes in the brain, scientists say

(Newser) - When a person has a concussion, headaches, memory impairment, and loss of balance usually make the injury obvious. But there are "many more people who are getting hit and getting hurt" without much attention, CTE researcher Lee Goldstein tells NPR . His latest study puts a spotlight on them, providing... More »

First CTE Diagnosis in Living Patient Confirmed

Fred McNeill's brain showed clumps of tau proteins before 2015 death

(Newser) - In a potentially groundbreaking first, doctors say they detected chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease associated with repeated head injuries, in a living patient. Just weeks after Boston University researchers announced CCL11 proteins in the brain could indicate CTE in living patients, researchers in Chicago say they identified CTE... More »

Bob Costas: Football May Soon 'Collapse Like a House of Cards'

He says the 'fundamental' danger of football will likely be its undoing

(Newser) - Bob Costas says football, at least as we know it, may soon "collapse like a house of cards" because of one "fundamental fact": "This game destroys people's brains." USA Today reports the Emmy award-winning sports broadcaster and former host of Football Night in America called... More »

Aaron Hernandez's CTE Was Most Severe Ever Found at 27

Expert discusses findings from NFL player's brain

(Newser) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez suffered severe damage to parts of the brain that play an important role in memory, impulse control, and behavior, a researcher who studied his brain said Thursday. Dr. Ann McKee, director of the CTE Center at Boston University, said she could not "... More »

9 Players Take Head Blows, High School Forfeits Game

4 players showed signs of concussion; opposing coach says they were 'outmatched'

(Newser) - A high school team in Canada forfeited a game Friday after nine players suffered head injuries, CBC News reports. The coach of the Ecole L'Odyssee Olympiens says he had no choice after four members of the team in New Brunswick showed symptoms of concussion, including vomiting. "We had... More »

CTE 'Breakthrough' Could Help Diagnosis—in Living Patients

Discovery of a protein in those afflicted could lead to a treatment for the brain disease

(Newser) - There is finally a "ray of hope" that one day CTE , the mysterious brain disease ravaging the NFL, may be treated. Boston University researchers have found a biomarker for chronic traumatic encephalopathy that can be detected while a patient is still alive, reports the Washington Post . Previously, CTE could... More »

NFL Is in for a Firestorm Over Hernandez's Severe CTE

It can no longer ignore football's link: columnist

(Newser) - More than 100 former NFL players have been found to have had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease associated with repeated knocks to the head. One might think, then, that Aaron Hernandez's case of CTE is just another one. Not so. Hernandez's diagnosis "will shake the... More »

Aaron Hernandez Had CTE

Brain exam finds he had stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy

(Newser) - Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez was suffering from "severe" CTE when he killed himself, according to a postmortem brain exam conducted at Boston University, Sports Illustrated reports. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is caused by repeated blows to the head and frequently affects football players and other athletes, can only... More »

ESPN Analyst Dumps Football Over 'Carnage' on the Field

Ed Cunningham walks away from long career, saying the game is 'unacceptable'

(Newser) - An ESPN and ABC sports analyst is ditching his job because he finds the sport he's analyzing to be "unacceptable." That sport is college football, Ed Cunningham tells the New York Times , and he's leaving a two-decade career of offering his commentary on it because of... More »

Former QB Boomer Esiason: All NFL Players Likely Have CTE

NFL star opened up about brain injury on his radio show

(Newser) - Former quarterback Boomer Esiason says he “most likely” has CTE, the degenerative brain disease that a recent study found in the brains of nearly all the deceased football players it examined. And he thinks he’s not the only one who’s been affected by years of concussions on... More »

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