Junior Seau may be dead, gunshots reported at his home

TMZ: Potential scary news regarding Junior Seau

5/2/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5135 respect

Jan 10, 2010; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau (55) before the start of the 2010 AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium.  The Baltimore Ravens won 33-14. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIREAccording to multiple reports, there were gunshots heard at former NFL star Junior Seau's home in Oceanside, California.

TMZ is going so far as to report that Seau is dead. There hasn't been any official confirmation on this, however.

There are also whispers that it could be suicide, something some people also suspected back in 2010 when Seau drove off a cliff. He later claimed he fell asleep at the wheel.

Whatever's going on, we wish the best for Seau and his family, and we'll keep you updated as the situation develops.
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5/2/12   |   marcus_nyce   |   26032 respect

Eric_ wrote:
I can't believe this, absolutely shocking. Condolences to Junior's family, friends, and the Chargers organization.

While we don't know yet why this happened, the similarities to Duerson are eerie. This could be a turning point with the concussion issue in football.

This is just terrible. There are also some very ugly similarity to the hockey players who took their own lives and also may have had numerous concussions during their careers.

5/2/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

Very touching story.

"Wow this is a tough one,” Olsen wrote on his Twitter account when he heard about Seau’s death. “When I was a frosh in HS Junior Seau worked the Jay Fiedler Football camp and at the end of one of the days he challenged anyone to a 1-on-1. Being one of the ‘big’ kids, I was volunteered by my buddies and went up in front of the whole camp to face this monster of a man. Shaking in my cleats, he gave me a wink before a coach gave the cadence. He let me pancake him. And he sold it too. I can’t even tell you how good I felt at that moment; it changed me forever. The whole camp cheered for me, a chubby kid that didn’t know if he even liked football. From then on I was addicted. All thanks to this 10-time all-pro that felt like making some snot-nosed kid’s day. Doesn’t seem like much but it meant a lot to me. Sorry for the essay just had to share. RIP Junior I’ll never forget what you did for me.”


http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/02/saints-eric-olsen-offers-a-great-junior-seau-memory/#comments

5/2/12   |   Dream_Machine   |   12885 respect

Condolences to his family. But I'm not Going To Lie, I Didn't Like Him As An NFL LB (Played the Seahawks 2x A Year) And As A Samoan. He Didn't Like Many Samoans When He Was Coming Up and Despised the Culture For What He Described As the Cultural Norm...

I found out who my true friends were. Nobody stuck up for me—not our relatives, best friends or neighbors. There's a lot of jealousy among Samoans, not wanting others to get ahead in life, and my parents got an earful at church: 'We told you he was never going to make it.'"

I Hate It When Our Own People Stereotype themselves.

5/2/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I can't believe this, absolutely shocking. Condolences to Junior's family, friends, and the Chargers organization.

While we don't know yet why this happened, the similarities to Duerson are eerie. This could be a turning point with the concussion issue in football.

5/2/12   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

I remember when he drove off the cliff.  I was one who thought he was trying to kill himself that day.  It's sad that people think this is the only way out.  Seau was one guy you hated having to see against your team, but had to love the way he played.

5/2/12   |   Jess   |   32859 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
I f***ing loved Seau growing up. This is awful.

Me too - he was one of my favorite players on another team. So sad. (I mean it's sad anyway when this happens of course, but it just feels different when you have an emotional connection of sorts).

5/2/12   |   kobe_lova   |   59469 respect

I f***ing loved Seau growing up. This is awful.

5/2/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

Crazy, hes the 8th member of that 94 San Diego Charger team that is dead.

RIP Junior.

5/2/12   |   Green_eyed_Deja   |   5327 respect

Damn... That sucks. It's a shame that this was his only way out.... RIP Junior   :(

5/2/12   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

This is a terrible day for NFL fans... as a guy that absolutely HATES the Chargers I can feel nothing but remorse for their fans and the family of Junior.  He was always one of my favorites and I'm not looking forward to all the questions about concussions and steroids that are inevitably coming.

RIP Junior

5/2/12   |   Jess   |   32859 respect

On the TMZ site: 

11:33 AM PDT -- Sources tell us ... Seau died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.  
 
Back in 2011, former NFL star Dave Duerson shot himself in the chest ... and explained in his suicide note that he wanted his brain donated to a research center because he believed the blows he took to the head during his football career caused him to become mentally impaired. 

frown

5/2/12   |   Jess   |   32859 respect

Evidently the coroner arrived at his house a few minutes ago. That's not promising.