The family of Dave Duerson, the ex-National Football League star who shot himself to death almost exactly a year ago at age 50, has sued the NFL for its alleged liability for the brain damage he was found to have in the special autopsy he requested in his suicide note.
In recent months, more concussion-linked litigation has been filed by various groups of former players than even the 24/7 NFL Network could possibly cover. They add up to lots of confusing legalistic wrangling by professionals and their professional mouthpieces. The Duerson case is different, though – a bona fide potential game-changer in terms of both the NFL’s exposure and the public’s broader understanding of what I maintain is the bleak future of the sport of football.
In my first commentary on Duerson for Beyond Chron on February 22, 2011, I wrote, “The gruesome decades-long underground American saga that is the football concussion crisis has never gotten in our faces” quite like this. Now the suit filed in Illinois state court by Dave Duerson’s son Tregg, on behalf of the estate, is about to show everyone exactly why.
CONTINUED TODAY AT BEYOND CHRON, THE SAN FRANCISCO ONLINE NEWSPAPER:
(First published November 5th, 2011)
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