Seau had brain disease, examination suggests
Junior Seau committed suicide May 2 in his Oceanside, California, home.
January 10th, 2013
10:29 AM ET

Seau had brain disease, examination suggests

A deeper examination of the late NFL linebacker Junior Seau's brain suggests he had traumatic brain disease after all, the National Institutes of Health says.

An examination suggests Seau had the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the NIH said Thursday.

"On initial examination the brain looked normal but under the microscope, with the use of special staining techniques, abnormalities were found that are consistent with a form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy," the NIH said in a statement.

There was also a small part of his brain with "evidence of scarring that is consistent with a small, old, traumatic brain injury," the NIH said.

Seau's May 2012 death was classified as a suicide. In August, an autopsy showed no apparent signs of damage.

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  1. banasy©

    The wonders of the brain!
    So complicated, and so frequently misused.

    January 10, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CJ

    Either you are extremely ignorant or you just wrote this to get a reaction.

    Junior Seau is not Mexican but even if he was Mexican, how does that matter?

    January 10, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tom

    It takes a remarkably ignorant clown to make such a hateful comment to begin with. But you have chosen to further prove your ignorance (and laziness) by not even getting the target of your hate right. Seau was born in the US of US born parents, and his family heritage was Samoan (which is a long, long way from Mexico).

    January 10, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RunMonkeyMama

    So very sad. I hope that we can come up with more ways to keep these players safe. Head trama isn't something to mess with.

    January 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RunMonkeyMama

    So very sad. I hope that we can come up with more ways to keep these players safe. Head trauma isn't something to mess with.

    January 10, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Charlie

    Your mommy told you that that hurt (whatever) was gonna get you in your old age. We already know that injurys sustained when your young come back to haunt us. As for JR, he got paid good money to do what he did. What can i say!

    Wait till they get to doing this "study" on the UFC fighters... They have alot more head trauma then most football players.

    January 10, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Madison Academy of Music

    Having read this I believed it was extremely enlightening. I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this short article together. I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

    March 27, 2013 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |