Re: New Twist to Seau Suicide?
posted at 5/13/2012 10:04 PM EDT
In Response to New Twist to Seau Suicide?
[QUOTE] Was Junior Seau's suicide a Dave Duerson deal, in which he purposely shot himself in the chest, and not the head, to enable his brain to be studied after death? Such a theory seems to fit in perfectly to what appears to be the template of the trial lawyer's and the media, about how the NFL has failed to adequately protect it's players...and how the game has become too dangerous due to the long term, detrimental effects of concussions? Or, was Seau's death the result of a more mundane, common reason...that he was broke? Look at the facts. Seau continued playing in the league long past his prime...for nearly 20 years. Though one could argue that he was still an effective role player late in his career, and that he loved the game...could his motivation for hanging on so long have been based on financial issues? This was Junior's second attempt at suicide...unless you're willing to swallow his explanation as to why he drove his vehicle off a cliff on 10-18-10 (fell asleep at the wheel)?: http://www.tmz.com/2010/10/18/junior-seau-i-wasnt-trying-to-kill-myself-suicide-attempt-carlsbad/
Then, there's this: "Former Oilers cornerback Willie Alexander, who became a successful Houston financial planner in his football afterlife, participated in ex-teammate Charlie Joiner’s charity golf tournament in San Diego last fall. In the context of recent events, one conversation he had stands out chillingly. Alexander said he was told by “someone in a position to really know the truth, that Junior Seau was broke. I asked, ‘How could that be possible?’ And now, why isn’t it being reported?” The reason for the latter is that people around Seau are insisting money wasn’t an issue for him, although it’s uncertain how much anyone knew. Seau didn’t readily share his problems, even with close friends and family members. The possible reasons for his suicide at 43, three years after a 20-season Hall-of-Fame-caliber NFL career ended, might never be fully understood." Amen: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/05/nfl-players-need-financial-game-plan-to-keep-from-going-bust/
Query: Should the NFL be blamed for failing to properly advise the retired players in matters of financial planning? Or, is this, along with the concussion issue, another attempt to purge players of any and all personal responsibility for their decisions? Should we look to blame others and/or society every time a lottery winner squanders his once new found fortune...or whenever personal decisions don't turn out right? Compassion is a wonderful thing. But, where should it end...and where should the acceptance personal responsibility for ones' own actions kick in?
Posted by TexasPat[/QUOTE]
You are confusing 2 issues and collapsing them into some kind of Republican/Libertarian philosophy. Personal financial mismanagement and the hiding of real health risks regarding the after-effects of concussions are not the same thing. The league did not inform, it looked the other way. It did nothing to protect the health of players long term. The players had to fight just to get health insurance.
However, in that sense, we are all guilty. We have all wanted to look the other way when one of our guys was injured. We wanted him to go back out there despite the fact that taking another hit might damage him for life. We were selfish and egocentric and just thought about our team winning no matter the costs.
So, its on everybody. Saying: "They're responsible for themselves" is just a cop out, a way for us to not take responsibility for wanting them to sacrifice themselves but then deny any culpability afterwards. It is too much to ask to have someone put themselves in a situation where they could be brain injured and then not take care of them afterwards. In fact, it is shameful to then tell them it is "their own responsibility/fault".