The family of Junior Seau has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL in the wake of federal scientists finding a brain disease tied to his pro football career, according to The Associated Press and other media reports.
The suit, filed Wednesday in San Diego Superior Court, faults the league for its “acts or omissions” that hid the dangers of repetitive blows to the head, the AP said.
“We know this lawsuit will not bring back Junior,” the family said in a statement quoted by AP. “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.”
Oceanside icon Seau, the former Chargers linebacker who killed himself in May, was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, after posthumous tests by the National Institutes of Health.
The AP says its review in November “found that more than 3,800 players have sued the NFL over head injuries in at least 175 cases as the concussion issue has gained attention in recent years. More than 100 of the concussion lawsuits have been brought together before U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody in Philadelphia.”
More details to come.