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Seau family sue NFL

24 January 2013 14:36

The family of ex-NFL player Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year, have sued the competition for causing his death.

Seau's family blame the NFL for its 'acts or omissions', claiming the competition concealed the risks of repetitive head injuries, which they argue led to the former linebacker committing suicide in May.

In May, 2012, 43-year-old Seau shot himself and this month he was posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is caused by multiple concussions and is similar to dementia pugilistica, which is common among ex-boxers.

The wrongful death lawsuit filed in California Superior Court in San Diego claims the NFL glorified the violence in the sport and deliberately obstructed changes to the game which would have reduced its popularity.

"The NFL knew or suspected that any rule changes that sought to recognize that link (to brain disease) and the health risk to NFL players would impose an economic cost that would significantly and adversely change the profit margins enjoyed by the NFL and its teams," the Seaus said in the suit.

The Seau family argued Junior became wildly unpredictable in the latter years of his life, which they blame on brain damage caused through playing in the NFL.

Helmet manufacturer Riddell has also been sued by the Sues for being 'negligent in their design, testing, assembly, manufacture, marketing, and engineering of the helmets'.

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