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RIP---Junior Seau Dead in Apparent Suicide

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Former longtime NFL linebacker Junior Seau was found dead of a gunshot wound today at his Oceanside, Calif., home, and authorities are investigating his death as a suicide. He was 43.

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MmAway M (501)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 3:47 pm
Thank you Cal!

Typing this with falling tears for hearing about this on Breaking News here in San Diego at 11am this morning. Knew Junior well, and he was a very nice person, in fact was one of my neighbors at a time!

His mother was on the news trying to calm down crowds that had gathered at his house, as well as at his restaurant Seau's (which was closed down in Mission Valley, San Diego). I met her and she had fixed me some real Samoa food! She was saying she just talked to her son earlier that morning and he said nothing and was sobbing why not me, "why my boy". Junior lived in a garage with his other siblings growing up in Oceanside and when he signed with the San Diego Chargers he gave back so much to his family, as well as the entire Community. Polite, Humble.

Junior put a "Heart" and Love for the Game into the San Diego Charger's Football team and was so loved by all of San Diego. He started a Foundation here to help people and every Thanksgiving Bused abused women into his Seau's Restaurant and abused women and their children had a great Thanksgiving as well as a Great Fun day!

So loved and there will be so much more on this...

Junior Rest in Peace dear Friend. My prayers go to your Children who you won't get to see grow up! They will miss so much from not having you there! You were such a loving father!

Junior was such a Family Person I am in so much shock right now...and only Junior knows what went on.

Thank you again Cal! You jumpped on this and I knew you would be on top of the News!

Jim Jaston (203)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 4:24 pm
Thank you Cal for posting this.
I heard on the news Junior was dead and I couldn't believe it. So weird he took his life. He always looked optimist on and off the field, happy and motivated to help out his teammates and people around him. He didn't win the ring back in 1995, now he's got a halo around his head. But seriously I'm really at loss for words. All I had to say I posted it on Espn which is, I believe, a fitter place to express condolence over a loss that regards primarily the sport world, so to speak.

All I hope is that police will shed some light at how he really died.
He will be greatly missed. It's always tough when a legend passes away.
Hope his family will get through this horrible loss.

Carol H (229)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 6:36 pm
sadly noted, thank you Cal

Seth E (81)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 8:55 pm
I think there will be more about this in the near future as I doubt it's coincidental that he shot himself in the chest.

Former player Dave Duerson did the same, and it was made known that he did so in order for his brain to be left intact for examination which determined significant damage from the numerous impacts during his playing career.

I'm a devout sports fan, but I've gotten fed up with some of the carelessness of people running sports and their lack of concern for the well-being of athletes, especially regarding head injuries.

When Metta World Peace gets only a 7 game suspension for his hit to the head of James Hardin, or Milan Lucic gets no suspension for running hard into Ryan Miller, or James Harrison repeatedly hits helmet-to-helmet on other players, arguing with any fines or suspensions assessed to him as unjust, or when a 47 year old Bernard Hopkins is still allowed to fight a professional boxing match, it becomes painfully obvious that not enough is being done for these men.

Cynthia Davis (340)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 4:51 am
Modern day Gladiators.....Win the crowd and win Rome. It's we the people who keep the gladiator alive so he can die in the coliseum. It's less bloody these days but they are being crippled and dying just the same....and we cheer when they bang their heads together.

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 5:03 am

MmAway M (501)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 10:29 am
They are going to be getting the results today, but the stadium lights were on last night and so many people have been going around with tears and a dazed look on their face. Did not read the Paper this morning, but do know that they said that the San Diego Union/Tribune has a history plus a ton of photos.

Carol D (346)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 1:03 pm
So Sad!!!! RIP Seau!!

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 1:57 pm
My first thought was, isn't 43 rather old to be playing professional sports? {Not that I would know anything about it.....}
Then I read what Seth said:
"I think there will be more about this in the near future as I doubt it's coincidental that he shot himself in the chest.
Former player Dave Duerson did the same, and it was made known that he did so in order for his brain to be left intact for examination which determined significant damage from the numerous impacts during his playing career."
It does seem like Health issues would be a major reason for suicide, if they were chronic and untreatable and growing worse.....

Oh, I guess he was a FORMER linebacker. What do I know. What Seth said still makes sense.....

Vallee R (280)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 2:04 pm
So sad!

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 2:56 pm
hank you Cal

Seth E (81)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 2:56 pm
BMutiny, There have been a number of professional athletes who have played into their 40s and even their 50s; for example, Jamie Moyer won a Major League Baseball game just this season at the age of 49, and Gordie Howe played his last NHL season at the age of 51.

Seau managed to play a long career (the average NFL player only plays 3.3 seasons) and only retired from the league in 2009.

I think one of the problems is that athletes today are so much stronger, bigger, and faster than even as recently as 10 to 20 years ago, and it's not all because of artificial means, such as steroids. Sports science has made many advances over the years. Years ago, it was rare for athletes to work out in gyms. Some were naturally strong from manual labor or favorable genetics, but with the inventions of machines, such as Nautilus equipment, that can target specific muscles and muscle groups, as well as nutritional programs to increase energy and muscle-building, athletes today are so far beyond their counterparts from previous decades.

However, there's no way yet-developed to make brains or other body parts less vulnerable to damage, so as they are able to move faster and hit harder, impacts have become more severe.

I hope people don't make these facts the basis for calling to the end of some sports, but measures must be taken to make the games safer, including developing better padding and helmets and regulating the types of hits that can be made, making sure to punish violators severely enough so that they will make an effort to play more safely.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 3:23 pm
Thank you for enlightening me, Seth.
We have to stop thinking like the Romans thought about their gladiators, just use them up and throw them away. For entertainment {and big money-making for a few}.
The concern shown here has to translate into a REAL concern about Safety, with concrete measures taken.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 3:30 pm
Seau's "out-of-character" behavior, such as his arrest for domestic violence {after being an advocate against domestic violence} and his car accident, could certainly have been caused by brain damage. There are many examples of tumors and trauma-to-the-brain causing similar things -- actual physical changes that took place in the brain.

"When retired NFL star Junior Seau died of a gunshot wound Wednesday at his home in Oceanside, Calif., he became the eighth untimely death of a member of the famed San Diego Chargers 1995 Super Bowl team."
This is just getting worse.....

Seth E (81)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 4:40 pm
You're quite welcome.

I actually saw today that researchers at Boston University will be examining Seau's brain, and even though he never had a reported concussion during his playing career, his wife and a friend have both said that he told them that he had had concussions and played through them.

There have been some measure taken, in recent years, both in the NFL and NHL, to watch for signs that a player may have sustained a head injury and to keep them out of the game until they have been cleared to return, by a medical professional rather than by a trainer or coach. This is because damage sustained after the initial injury can be even more severe. In some cases, players might not be allowed to play for weeks, or even months, until after their symptoms have cleared sufficiently.

Hopefully something good can come out of this tragedy because of Seau's popularity as a player so that people become more aware of the seriousness of head injuries.

NFL players (current and former) actually have a suicide rate about 6 times the rest of society.

It's long been known that NFL players have had mobility problems, such as crippling arthritis, because of the damage to their knees, hips, and other joints, but one of the first noted cases of this severe brain damage was a player named Justin Strzelczyk, who led police on a high speed chase until he crashed into a tanker truck and died. It had been suspected that he was either drunk or on drugs, but toxicology reports were negative, and it was only after they examined his brain that they found it to be severely damaged.

Cam V (417)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 5:42 pm
Very sadly noted Cal.

Past Member (0)
Friday May 4, 2012, 6:56 am
noted with sadness.

Many Feathers (139)
Friday May 4, 2012, 7:09 am
a tremendous football player---sad for his grieving family

Past Member (0)
Friday May 4, 2012, 11:04 am
Athletes ultimately are nothing more than worker: the wealthy grow wealthier while the workers carry all the costs. This man was exploited until he was severely damaged and could not take it anymore. This didn't have to happen, but it will keep happening until all American workers rise up to demand better treatment.

Lindsay K (6)
Friday May 4, 2012, 12:01 pm
It's always a tragedy when anyone feels they have no other alternative.

Gloria Morotti (14)
Friday May 4, 2012, 8:24 pm
The poor mother.............

Phyllis P (254)
Friday May 4, 2012, 9:03 pm
Suicide is always sad, to think someone believes there is no other way....

MmAway M (501)
Thursday May 10, 2012, 7:53 pm
Tomorrow, Friday, they here in San Diego are going to hold a memorial at the Jack Murphy Football Stadium where Junior Seau was so love...It will (I am sure) be quite busy!
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