Lee Roy Selmon’s Death, From a Stroke, Is Latest Cruel Irony of Football Brain Injury Saga

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The grotesque twists of the National Football League concussion drama keep coming.

Early last week, Lee Roy Selmon – the defensive end who was the iconic star of the first years of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and went on to become athletic director of the University of South Florida and a revered community figure – angrily shot down reports that he was a plaintiff in a new lawsuit filed by former Bucs players against the league and helmet manufacturers, alleging corporate culpability in their post-career brain injuries. See “Link to suit against NFL riles Selmon,” http://www2.tbo.com/news/bucs/2011/sep/01/menewso1-link-to-suit-against-nfl-riles-selmon-ar-254515/.

On Friday, he was hospitalized with a stroke.

Yesterday, Lee Roy Selmon died. He was 56.

 

Irv Muchnick

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