Brain-study findings on Dave Duerson to be announced Monday
RICK TELANDER firstname.lastname@example.org April 30, 2011 3:02AM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
There will be big football news Monday morning.
The Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE) at the Boston University School of Medicine will announce the brain-study findings on Dave Duerson, the former Bear and New York Giant who shot himself in the heart Feb. 17.
How do I know it will be big news?
Because the Center has sent out press notices three days early, because the announcement will take place in an auditorium in Boston and because Duerson’s ex-wife, Alicia Duerson, and their children — Chase, Tregg, Brock and Taylor — all will be in attendance.
You don’t fly an entire devastated family to a distant city to announce to the world that their tragically deceased husband/father had the glistening, undamaged brain of a normal 50-year-old. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is the devastation that repeated head blows can wreak on a person’s brain, and the resultant cell damage, under a microscope, resembles the rusting of iron or the rotting of meat.
By the time he killed himself, alone in his South Florida condo, Duerson had ruined his marriage, his business career, his credibility with retired NFL players and his once-shining reputation as a man of grand potential.
If CTE has been found to have riddled his frontal lobe, as I’m betting it has, it will help explain much of his late irrational behavior and his dive into the abyss.
I don’t know if current players are yet taking the potential effects of football seriously — not just crazy, kamikaze, ground-zero NFL destruction, but competitive, modern-era, grade-school-level-and-above football in which collisions are severe and head trauma is the norm.
If this BU announcement goes as it seems it will, I have to wonder what parents of young football players will think. The only current cure for concussions is rest, with some researchers feeling recovery should be measured not in days or weeks, but months. Do you rest a player for a whole season after he’s dinged? How do you play the game as we know it?
As I watched the NFL draft, I wondered if any of the proud young millionaires marching across the stage had any idea who Duerson was, or if they cared.
And, cynically, I wondered why the brain center was waiting until just after the draft was completed to make its dramatic announcement.
Please don’t tell me, other skeptics, that politics, fame and money are now running this head game.
† OK, OZZIE GUILLEN AND this social-networking craze have gone off the edge.
We should’ve known that any kind of virtual reality or multiplication of communication forms would be too much for the White Sox’ manager, in that just being Ozzie in the here and now, without gizmos, is more than the hyper-chatty one can handle.
Guillen has been fined $20,000 and suspended two games by Major League Baseball for tweeting during Wednesday’s Sox-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium. And it’s kinda funny, but it’s really not.
Enough, you know? Get a meeting with Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg and swap accounts with a schoolful of fifth-grade girls, Ozzie, and stop this idiocy.
The I-can-do-what-I-want thing is old. Unless you really do want to be launched by Ken Williams.
† HATE TO KEEP ASKING questions, but did you know the NFL lockout is back in effect?
Yep. ‘‘Effective immediately,’’ NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said early Friday evening.
A bigger question: Did you even know the previous NFL lockout had ended?
† HERE’S A TIDBIT FOR YOU NBA freaks. Former All-Star guard Kevin Johnson is the mayor of Sacramento, and former All-Star guard Dave Bing is the mayor of Detroit.
Johnson’s biggest issue is trying to keep the Kings from moving to another city.
Bing’s biggest issue is trying to keep humans from moving to another city.
† WHEN THE YOUNG AND unknown Memphis Grizzlies beat the old and 61-regular-season-wins San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs Friday night, it made many people wonder if that pretty much marked the end for the Tim Duncan-Tony Parker-Manu Ginobili triumvirate that has been so successful for so long. Consider: The team has made the playoffs in each of Duncan’s 14 seasons in the league.
But things do end.
‘‘All year long, I’ve told people the best team in the West is the Lakers,’’ Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, ‘‘even when we had the best record.’’
† AND, FINALLY, SINCE POPS brought up the ever-relevant Lakers, let’s revisit Kobe Bryant’s official and hilarious, though deadly serious to him, apology for mouthing a homophobic slur or two at referee Bennie Adams on April 12:
‘‘The words expressed . . . were not meant to offend anyone.’’