Asymmetrical Information - Megan McArdle

01.23.13

Junior Seau Sues the NFL

Was his suicide the league's fault?

So Junior Seau's family is suing the NFL over head injuries, which lead to chronic brain damage, and possibly his suicide.  

I feel terrible for Seau's family, and though I enjoy the occasional football game, I sort of hope that we'll stop playing it; I think the evidence is mounting that it takes a terrible toll on the players.  If I had a son, I wouldn't let him play--no, not even if he thereby missed out on the chance to be cool in high school.

But this lawsuit strikes me as pretty out there.  Junior Seau can't possibly have been unaware that football caused head injuries.  Nor even that multiple concussions are probably bad for you.  Note how many people are still playing, even though we now know this all too well.