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The Cloud Over Football

Tacitus X Wrote: Sep 09, 2012 11:15 AM
This is clearly an area for the old legal principle of "assumption of risk." Those who choose to participate should be regarded as having assumed the risk. Ditto for skydivers, mountain climbers, boxers, smokers, ballet dancers, etc. Those suing now are looking for a free lottery ticket and hoping to cash in.

A few weeks ago, a 25-year-old man was found in his car in Tampa, Fla., dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It was a sad but ordinary story except for two facts: The man, O.J. Murdock, was a wide receiver for the NFL's Tennessee Titans, and the wound was not to the head but the chest.

Exactly why Murdock killed himself is impossible to know. But his case inevitably brings to mind other former NFL players who committed suicide -- particularly Dave Duerson of the Chicago Bears. He feared he was suffering from brain damage and shot himself in...