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Old 02-20-2011, 06:47 PM   #3
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Default Re: Bear's Dave Duerson's death ruled suicide

Mr. Duerson's corpse had not been cold for long when Alan Schwarz, who runs the football causes brain damage bureau for The New York Times (I'm not kidding - it is about the only subject the guy writes on - had a story up on this

As a longtime force in the N.F.L. players union, Duerson, 50, was keenly aware of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to depression, dementia and occasionally suicide among more than a dozen deceased players. He had expressed concern in recent months that he might have had the condition, said one person close to him who spoke on condition of anonymity. ...

There also is a question as to whether the disease derives from a career in pro football or simply from many years of playing football at any level.

You never know what sort of pain someone is going through to kill themselves, but Duerson had major financial reverses and his marriage had dissolved - there is the possibility he did not have football related brain damage that contributed to his decision to kill himself - but rather than wait for Duerson's test results the NYT jumps on personal tragedy right now to push its agenda on this subject

If the examination results show brain damage Schwartz will write a series of articles - if not this is the last we will ever read about Mr. Duerson in the NYT
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