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                     === Junior Seau's family sues NFL ===
 
 San  Diego, CA  (Sports Network) - The  family of Junior Seau filed a wrongful
 death  lawsuit against  the NFL on Wednesday, claiming the former linebacker's
 suicide  was  the result of brain  disease caused by violent hits he sustained
 while playing football.
 
 The  suit, filed in California Superior Court, blames the NFL for its "acts or
 omissions" that hid the dangers of repetitive blows to the head.
 
 Seau  died  at age  43 of a  self-inflicted gunshot in  May 2012. Earlier this
 month,  posthumous  tests revealed  that Seau  suffered from chronic traumatic
 encephalopathy (CTE).
 
 "Our  attorneys will review it and respond to the claims appropriately through
 the court," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement.
 
 The  family is  also suing Riddell, Inc., the manufacturer of NFL helmets, for
 its "negligent" design.
 
 Seau  spent 13  seasons  with the  Chargers, helping  the  franchise to  their
 only  Super Bowl  appearance after the 1994 season. He also played three years
 for  Miami and  four  more for  New  England before  retiring  after the  2009
 campaign.
 
 
 
 
 
 01/23 13:45:59 ET