The family of the late Junior Seau has filed a lawsuit against the NFL, claiming that the league hid information about the true medical dangers of repetitive hits to the head. Among others named in the lawsuit is Riddell, the company that manufactures helmets for NFL players.
According to the New York Times, the suit claims that the NFL “failed to disseminate to then-current and former NFL players health information it possessed” concerning the risks that are associated with brain trauma. Seau’s family, who filed the suit in San Diego, Ca., is asking for an undisclosed amount.
Junior Seau shot himself in the chest in May at age 43. The former linebacker played for the San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, and Miami Dolphins.
Testing done on brain tissue samples showed that Seau suffered from a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated hits to the head. Currently there are over 4,000 former NFL players, and their families, who have cases similar to Seau’s in the court system. The league has asked that all cases be dismissed, on the basis of the issues being covered under their collective bargaining agreement.