Former hockey player Derek Boogaard died in 2011 from an accidental overdose of painkillers and alcohol, and now his family is filing a wrongful death lawsuit againt the NHL.
An autopsy revealed that the late New York Ranger suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) at the time of his death, which is caused by taking multiple blows to the head and suffering from concussions throughout his career.
The family's attorney William Gibbs claims the trauma caused Derek to become addicted to his pain medication, saying:
"To distill this to one sentence, you take a young man, you subject him to trauma, you give him pills for that trauma, he becomes addicted to those pills, you promise to treat him for that addiction, and you fail."
Derek was known as an "enforcer" in the league, an unofficial title given to players whose role is to get into fights and defend his teammates.
The NHL isn't the only league facing scrutiny, as the NFL is also under heavy fire after Dave Duerson and Junior Seau were also linked to brain trauma at the time of their deaths.
Hopefully this encourages these leagues to start taking better care of their players, because obviously they aren't getting the treatment and protection they need.
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