It’s been a little more than a year ago, in December 2012, when the former NFL linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, shot and killed his 22 yr. old girlfriend, Kassandra Perkins, then turned the gun on himself.
Jovan’s mother has filed her suit in Jackson County Circuit Court in Kansas City, Mo. this past Tuesday, stating that her son was “subjected to repetitive head trauma,” and that the “Chiefs failed to provide adequate medical care.
Jovan’s body was exhumed on Friday from his New York City burial site, to study his brain for Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy (CTE)
Dr. Bennett Omalu stated that, “he would bet one month’s salary” that Jovan had CTE, and he believes that tests should have been done at the time of death. Dr. Omalu continued, “If the brain had been examined (when he died), we would have a better understanding about concussions and playing football, and we would advance the understanding of the science of all of this.”
Concussions and contact sports have always gone hand in hand, and sometimes even joked about, "Looks like he got his bell rung," but according to the Mayo Clinic Staff, a concussion is a "traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions." It goes on to explain that "every concussion injures your brain to some extent, and that "this injury needs time to rest and heal properly."
For now we'll just have to wait and see what the tests show.