Ex-NFL Player Who Went on Killing Spree Found to Have had Major Traumatic Brain Injury

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An ex-NFL player who went on a murderous rampage, claiming the lives of 6 people, has now been found to have been suffering from a serious brain impairment.

As The Daily Wire reports:

Former NFL player Phillip Adams — who shot and killed six people in April before taking his own life — was found to have suffered from stage 2 CTE after having his brain examined by the Boston University CTE Center.

CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) is a degenerative brain disease common among football players which has been linked to violent outbursts and mental instability.

The director of the CTE Center — Dr. Ann McKee — said that Adams’s pathology closely resembled that of former New England tight end Aaron Hernandez, and may have contributed to Adams’ “abnormal behaviors.”

“Phillip Adams had an extraordinary amount of CTE pathology in the frontal lobe, the area of the brain behind the forehead. Frontal lobe damage is associated with violent, impulsive or explosive behavior, a ‘short fuse,’ and lack of self-control,” said McKee, chief of neuropathology for the VA Boston Healthcare System and director of the BU CTE Center and VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank. “His CTE pathology might have contributed to his abnormal behaviors, in addition to other physical, psychiatric and psychosocial factors. His predominantly frontal lobe CTE pathology, which resulted in atrophy, or shrinkage, of the brain, was similar in severity to Aaron Hernandez.”

The NFL has come under significant fire in recent years over as more and more evidence of wide spread Traumatic Brain injuries among players has become more obvious.

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11 months ago

Does one correctly anticipate legal action brought against the NFL? The lack thereof would surprise me.