Star linebacker of the national football League Junior network suffered from a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last may, said the National Institutes of Health to the Associated Press Thursday.
The results of a research conducted by the NIH on brain bucket revealed abnormalities associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
The NIH, which is installed in Bethesda, Maryland, conducted a research on three-brained unidentified, which that network. The findings of this research were comparable to those of the autopsies carried out on individuals “who suffered repetitive head injuries”.
The bucket family has requested that an analysis of his brain, and was supervised by Dr. Russell Lonser.
Bucket was a linebacker star for 20 seasons in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots before announcing his retirement in 2009. He died after will be inflicted a wound with a shotgun.
Network thus joins a list of a few dozens of football players who have suffered from an ETC. The centre for research on the disease at Boston University reported the month last 34 ex-professional football players as well as nine others that have evolved in the University ranks suffered an etc.
“I was not surprised to learn that he was suffering from an ETC after reading on the subject”, said Tyler, the son of 23 years of bucket. “He has played for so long in that area.” I was rather angry have have nothing done more and not spotted his front distress signals that it is too late. »
“I do not believe that we were able to identify the side effects of the many injuries he suffered at the head, at least until he dies. We did not know that his behavior was the result of trauma to the head. »
This behavior, according to his ex-wife Gina and Tyler bucket, resulted in abrupt mood swings, irrational connection, memory lapses, insomnia and depression.
“It broke the family emotionally and he was”leaving”sometimes in his world,” said Tyler bucket. And then there is depression and other similar things. It was gradually. “Bucket of hiding his headaches in public, stressed these relatives, but not when he was in the presence of members of his family and close friends.
The NFL is facing remedies in justice of thousands of former players who allege that the League prevented the dissemination of information about the adverse effects that a concussion can have on their health.
Bucket is not the first player in the NFL to commit suicide before it is diagnosed with ETC. Dave Duerson and Ray Easterling received the same posthumous diagnosis.
Farfetched, a half defensive which is shown with the Bears in Chicago in the 1980s, left a note asking that analyzes his brain for signs of trauma. In February 2011, it has been the death pulling is a bullet in the heart.
Easterling played half of security with the Atlanta Falcons in the early 1970s. After he had retired, he began to suffer from dementia, depression and insomnia, according to his wife Mary Ann. He committed suicide in April.