The family of a former defensive back has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL and two of its teams following the player’s suicide last year, according to the Huffington Post. 29-year-old Paul Oliver, whom played for the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers, shot himself at his home near Atlanta last September in front of his wife and children, which his family alleges was caused by the repetitive brain injuries he received during his time in the NFL. A pathologist confirmed that Oliver suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a progressive degenerative brain disease commonly found in athletes. The lawsuit claims that as a result of this condition, Oliver experienced depression and mood and memory issues, which ultimately led to his death. The NFL has proposed allocating $765 million to a settlement for a separate brain injury lawsuit; additionally, they have released data estimating that three out of ten players will develop a debilitating brain condition.
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