The family of the late Junior Seau has sued the National Football League, The Associated Press reported Wednesday. The family cited this month’s research that showed Seau suffered from CTE before he committed suicide last year.
The wrongful death lawsuit, filed Wednesday in California Superior Court in San Diego, blames the NFL for its “acts or omissions” that hid the dangers of repetitive blows to the head. It says Seau developed chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) from those hits, and accuses the NFL of deliberately ignoring and concealing evidence of the risks associated with traumatic brain injuries.
Also, helmet maker Riddell was listed as a defendant for a negligent design and other factors in helmet manufacturing.
The lawsuit accuses the league of glorifying the violence in pro football, and creating the impression that delivering big hits “is a badge of courage which does not seriously threaten one’s health.”
It singles out NFL Films and some of its videos for promoting the brutality of the game.
“In 1993′s ‘NFL Rocks,’ Junior Seau offered his opinion on the measure of a punishing hit: ‘If I can feel some dizziness, I know that guy is feeling double (that),” the suit says.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor