The family of late NFL linebacker Junior Seau has sued the NFL, citing that the violent hits Seau took to the head during his playing career directly lead to his brain disease that caused him to commit suicide.
The wrongful death lawsuit that was filed Wednesday in California claims that the NFL hid the risks and dangers of repetitive blows to the head and what they can cause in players.
Seau died in May 2012 after a self-inflicted gunshot wound to chest. He was diagnosed with CTE last month after his brain was given up for posthumous studies.
The lawsuit also states that the NFL glorifies violence without making known the dangers of the hits that players take.The latest lawsuit is just one of the near 4,000 active suits against the league over head injuries and concussions.
While the NFL is being sued is the headline when it comes to this story, it isn’t the only entity being sued by the Seau’s.
Helmet manufacturer Riddell Inc. is also being sued by the family of the all-pro linebacker due to being “negligent in their design, testing, assembly, manufacture, marketing, and engineering of the helmets” used by NFL players.
The news just becomes the latest off-field issue for a league that is dealing with it’s fair share of problems with former players and families of former players.
The NFL has been adamant on improving concussion and head injury policies, and making its players more aware of the post-playing issues that could arise from not treating the injuries properly.