Junior Seau - Possible Suicide

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    May 02, 2012 6:47 PM GMT





    Still confirming, but a suicide shooting is likely:


    San Diego Union TribuneOCEANSIDE — Former Chargers linebacker Junior Seau, an icon not only in his hometown of Oceanside but as a star in the NFL, has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his beachfront home in Oceanside Wednesday.

    Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell said he was notified of the death and is on his way to be with family members.

    “Junior was an icon not only in San Diego but throughout the nation. Of course this will affect a lot of people, not in the least the children and kids who look up to him,” Mitchell said.

    “He had a great impact on many lives. He’s changed my life in many ways, I’m sure.”

    No further details were immediately available.

    Mitchell said he saw Seau in November when he was honored inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame.

    “He was in great spirits,” Mitchell said.

    About 18 months ago, he drove his SUV off a cliff in Carlsbad, CA. It was attributed to his falling asleep at the wheel.


    San Diego Union-TribuneFormer Chargers star Junior Seau drove his SUV off a 30-foot coastal bluff in Carlsbad and was hospitalized with minor injuries Monday morning, hours after being jailed for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.

    Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker, told police at the hospital that the one-car crash happened when he became sleepy.

    Seau’s ex-wife, Gina Seau, said those reports were false. She made her comments soon after she and the couple’s three children visited him in the hospital. She repeatedly said the crash and arrest were not related.

    “He would never try to harm himself or anyone else,” Gina Seau said. “He’s fine. He’s emotionally upset. No, he’s not even emotionally upset. He’s going to get through this, and he’s going to move on.”

    Wish someone could have gotten him and whoever he was with some more help with whatever he/they were going through.
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    May 04, 2012 6:30 PM GMT
    So sad. He was hurting and didn't get the help he needed. He retired in 2010 and for a lot of guys who were happily involved with sports and the adulation during their careers, retirement is such a comedown. Suddenly the money, the attention, the love - - - all of it stops. What a sad time for a lot of former pro-athletes.

    Here's one more reason NOT to go the suicide route, guys. Think what it would do to your mother and family members.