Seau's family to reject concussion settlement

New England Patriots Junior Seau speaks to reporters ahead of their NFL game against Tampa Bay...

New England Patriots Junior Seau speaks to reporters ahead of their NFL game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London in this file photo taken October 23, 2009. (REUTERS)

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Former linebacker Junior Seau's family will reject a proposed NFL concussion settlement between the league and thousands of former players, according to a lawyer representing the family.

Seau, one of the league's most popular players who played 20 years in the NFL, committed suicide in 2012 that put the concussion crisis on the national agenda. Seau, who was 43, shot himself in the chest with a .357 Magnum revolver, following years in which his family and friends noticed marked changes in his behavior.

Seau family lawyer Steven Strauss, a partner in the firm Cooley LLP, was interviewed on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Tuesday night.

The decision to "opt out" means the Seaus will proceed with a wrongful death lawsuit they filed in January 2013. That suit alleges that the NFL concealed the dangers of football-related head trauma over a period of several years.

 


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