Brain damage to blame for Junior Seau's suicide?
Concerns that 20 years of hard knocks caused depression
- Duration 6:14
- Date May 7, 2012
Concerns that 20 years of hard knocks caused depression
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It's our police department received a call.
From -- young lady who indicated that she was junior sales girlfriend.
Which indicated that she returned to the residents.
-- -- Mr.
sell me -- -- Suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest lifesaving efforts were formed a mistress now.
However they were not successful.
say -- has deceased.
I had checked.
But I've -- today.
Everybody's so quite yet Shiite.
Yeah I got do you guys guys.
-- -- -- You don't have I don't not -- -- ball.
Yeah but I said today we can thank you -- -- day.
You guys you -- -- got a -- don't -- I don't -- -- that -- -- it is still let's.
But I break -- got big.
Get me -- and then my.
But he's doing today.
-- -- When I saw the mom on Wednesday that's when I decided we had to do this story get to do this -- -- and you -- out.
One of the handful of NFL players whose intensity -- sportsmanship.
So on question this man was adored by fans of the game.
Whether or not they happened to root for the chargers are a -- -- whoever was playing for at the time.
But would you -- -- killed himself last week.
He joined another group of NFL players one linked by suicide.
And suspicion that brain related injuries sustained on the field.
What's to blame.
-- -- It's.
A steady stream of well wishers and family members gather in front of -- -- this home here in San Diego.
Trying to make sense of his suicide on Wednesday many.
Speculate whether or not it was twenty years of hard knocks the may have contributed to his suppression.
You know you see stores you -- you keep going.
Weeding called concussions he's got to go wrong you use -- -- tell anybody.
That beefy 43 year old former linebacker with the heart of gold could be the latest gridiron star to succumb to CTV.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
A brain disorder diagnosed in the suicide deaths.
Up other football players who have gone so far as to donate their brains to science before taking their own lives.
Could you have to have brain -- twenty years just an NFL though his brain has been -- there's no question about it.
Former San Diego charger miles McPherson and radio commentator CS keys were stunned to learn that their friend with the infectious smile and -- took his own life.
Any of discomfort.
I've been for those of you for twelve years.
And -- -- of most encouraging most upbeat.
He always crucial to smile you know as -- as you see body.
It's a smile on us all you needed outside his Oceanside home family members tend to an impromptu shrine left -- distraught fans.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Very very.
Appreciated everything that everyone's doing for.
It -- it actually suits us just be able to see this -- -- See anything like this coming.
Of course not nobody sees this -- coming pain realistically know -- -- -- nobody wants it.
None of the demons that may have been haunting sale when notice as he typically charmed everyone around him and the charity golf outing this week.
But his death caused many to reflect on a car wreck come October 2010.
When just hours after an arrest for assaulting his girlfriend at the time.
-- as Cadillac SUV plunged off a 100 foot cliff going about sixty miles an hour.
At that time junior insisted he would simply fallen asleep at the wheel now some wonder if this was a call for help.
Was this a result of a traumatic brain injury was -- something that wasn't a parent is -- some.
Hidden reason for this happening to them every Tomasson of course he's human -- nearest thing is probably going -- that you know no one knew the thing is so bad about these brain injuries.
I mean what what people just don't quite understand about it is is that.
It changes -- you war.
Several research facilities have already requested juniors brains for study has more than 100 former players joined 15100 others who filed lawsuits against the NFL.
Saying there hasn't been enough done to protect them and their brains.
Daniel -- is a personal injury attorney in San Diego who specializes in brain injuries.
How is the NFL responsible.
They know what they're getting into once they put that uniform they don't know.
On they don't know actually what's going on the team doctors they should know.
But they're not sharing that with these guys this is sad because he had has found -- -- you know in a town that he grew up there.
Darren Carrington played on the 94 San Diego Chargers Super Bowl team with -- a bitter irony Seau is the eighth member of that team -- -- Under tragic circumstances.
Not just wish that you know from this that.
More guys Begin to reach out in because it's -- reach out to -- the guys who could really understand the struggles that they're going through.
Earlier today several hundred surfers took part in a memorial have allowed in the ocean in front of junior sales Oceanside home to celebrate his life.
There were tears but mostly they were cheers the -- chanted junior junior junior and 555555.
Former San Diego charger quarterback Drew Brees was one of the surfers.
As well hundreds of fans on the shoreline who brought -- mentos and cast flowers out to see.
And memory of their beloved football you know.
Junior say out.
The charges are planning a celebration of -- life on Friday.
At San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium -- should be thousands.
To come celebrate he was definitely below -- that I am I damn shame really isn't -- -- says.