KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sports fans called in to 610 Sports Radio on Wednesday afternoon and gave their thoughts about Junior Seau’s death. They also got some perspective on the tragedy from a former Kansas City Chiefs’ player who knew Seau personally.
The former football player’s apparent suicide has stunned the sport’s world. Not only fans but a current and former Chierfs’ player.
“I just feel bad about the situation, and my condolences go out to his family,” said Chiefs’ player Tyson Jackson.
Radio host, Nick Wright spoke with former Kansas City Chiefs’ player Jayice Pearson. Pearson grew up with Seau.
‘We use to be out in the street playing football and stuff, and he was so young at that time we wouldn’t even let him play,” Pearson said.
There’s also speculation about why Seau took his own life. Some point out that his death was similar to last year’s suicide of NFL star Dave Duerson. Duerson’s suicide note read that he wanted his brain donated to research because he believed the blows he took over the years damaged his brain. His family filed a wrongful death suit against the NFL claiming the league didn’t do enough to prevent or treat concussions.
Some of the callers on Wednesday afternoon seemed to have little sympathy for sports superstars with big paychecks. Pearson told listeners that the playing field is far from even between the league and players.
“We are still human beings that suffer a lot of consequences for playing, that we didn’t even realize at the time we were doing to ourselves,” he said.
Seau drove his SUV off a cliff in 2010. He told police he had fallen asleep. During Wednesday’s radio interview, Jayice Pearson said looking back that was likely a sign that he needed help.