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Have your say about Chris Benoit
Thu, September 13, 2007

Canadian Pro wrestler Chris Benoit suffered brain damage from his years in the ring that could help explain why he killed his wife, son and himself, a doctor who studied Benoit’s brain said Wednesday.

Steroid use also has lingered as a theory, since anabolic steroids were found in the home and tests conducted by authorities showed Benoit had roughly 10 times the normal level of testosterone in his system when he died.

Benoit suffered brain damage



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I am still shocked with this whole story. I hoped that the news would not point to Benoit, but I knew that it would. I have watched Benoit for years and respected him as a person and as a wrestler. There aren't very many real wrestlers anymore and I always looked forward to a no gimmick Benoit match. It is a sad ending.

I don't think that "Roid" rage can be blamed for this. The fact that the murders of his wife and son were so far apart and then he killed himself a day after. It looks, unfortunatly like a planned thing. You don't place bibles by people when you are in rage. We don't know what was happening with the family. There are so many stories of ex husbands and boyfriends killing their families. Steroids doesn't have to be a part of it. It is hard to put someone like Chris Benoit among those men.

I will always remember Benoit for what he did in the ring, but the back of my mind will always ask "why"?


Elizabeth, 2007-06-26 20:52:05

Not a coward. Certainly not a hero. Unfortunately a troubled individual who needed, but did not receive, help. I feel for the kids.
Robert Burke, 2007-06-26 20:50:13

I dont think you can blame the WWE for going ahead with Raw, as they didnt know what was going on. I honestly dont think that noone will ever know the whole story, as to do that you have to get in the mind of a man who killed his family in cold blood then himself. I know I personally couldnt. I wont attack chris benoit but i wont defend him either. He wasnt that superhero you see every week on tv, fighting the evildoers of wrestling....he was a human being, just like you and me. Keep in mind, before 1994 OJ Simpson was just an affable former football star and actor. Noone will really know why he did what he did. Everyone im sure will speculate and either laud him as a troubled hero or crucify him as a monster. I choose to do neither, and I think its best if his obviously devastated family get the peace to grieve and make sense of this tragedy, because if you get right down to it...they lost a lot more than a wrestling hero.
BA from Calgary, 2007-06-26 20:47:16

We all need to look at ourselves and ask ourselves why we like this "sport" so much. The violence that it promotes on a regular basis - most people know its fake and are truly just entertained, but others may get the wrong impression. Its time to ban fake wrestling with their 'roided up actors.
Vinnie, 2007-06-26 20:42:46

As much as I may have admired Chris as a performer, I can not, and will not ever understand how any man, or parent for that matter could kill their own child. I don't care if they find 'roids' in him, Vicodin, Percodan, Darvons, Crack, or whatever.... there are times when one act can not be undone... and well, him killing his own son I think qualifies as one of the quickest ways to lose any respect that people may have for you, as a professional, as a person, and as a human being...

As much I liked him as a performed, I think Chris should be put in the hall of fame.. as 'the biggest HEAL of a human being' in wrestling history!!!

The least he could have done was to leave a note. You know... maybe suggesting ways some parents could explain to their kids.... why their 'hero' killed his own flesh and blood....

Killing your own kid... Unconscionable!!!


Father in Tears, 2007-06-26 20:42:31

When I first heard the news, I was saddened that three lives had come to an end before it was their time. After the news broke that it was murder/suicide I was angered that a man I respected and admired for so many years could take the life of an innocent child and woman. I don’t care weather it was “roid rage”, depression, anger that things were not what they are supposed to be or any one of a million different reasons, you do not take the lives of your wife or child. Fine take your own life if things are that bad, but leave the innocent alone.

Please don’t take this the wrong way; “I still have respect for everything that Chris accomplished. I have no respect for the man”.

Do not criticize the WWE for paying tribute to Benoit, they did not no at the time that it was a murder/suicide at the time of airing RAW. Since the press conference of Georgia authorities they have pulled his name from all rosters, pulled all his merchandise from the shop zone and the only place that you will see his name is the article about what authorities had to say, however it is time for the WWE to take a long look at what is happening. I am talking about Steroid use; people do not get the bodies that these wrestlers get just by “working out”. If you could get a body like some of the wrestlers do with just working out, then there would be a lot more people (boxers, UFC fighters, and regular people like you and me) looking like chiseled stone. Yes, you can get wash board abs, big arms, legs and shoulders by working out, but you will not be as big as some of these "freak" wrestlers.

Dave

USA


DAVE MALLINGER, 2007-06-26 20:41:41

As a fan of the Canadian Crippler, it seems sort of like a weird dream, because i never imagined something like this happening. I still dont think it has fully set in that i'll never see Benoit give another crossface.

i wish the rest of his family all the best
Mike, 2007-06-26 20:40:12

Look, if Vince McMahon knew at the time of the tribute what he knows now, then I agree with you. He should not have put on a tribute. But, he didn't. He has handled everything very well. Also, he doesn't have to apologize for what he did on Monday. He should just explain the circumstances maybe. Also, this is still shocking.
Jonathan, 2007-06-26 20:39:32

I'm shocked, how could someone do this. I looked to this man as a hero, but now he's no hero.
jeff, 2007-06-26 20:29:11

this is a very tragic event. I don't think that people should be jumping to conclusions or judging anyone unless they know all of the facts. And since NONE of us were actually there to see what happened we DO NOT know all the facts. I say we let God do the judging!
Steve Bankston, 2007-06-26 20:20:23

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