Lawrence Phillips’ Brain to Be Donated to CTE Research: Latest Details, Comments

January 16, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips, who was found dead of an apparent suicide at the age of 40 at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, California, on Wednesday, will have his brain studied by chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) researchers.
According to Josh Peter and A.J. Perez of USA Today, Dan Chamberlain, the family's attorney, said Phillips' mother, Juanita Phillips, "has agreed to donate her son's brain to Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy."
In September 2015, PBS' Frontline noted a Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University study found that 87 of 91 former NFL players studied tested positive for CTE. 
Chamberlain told USA Today why Phillips' mother opted to release her son's brain to the university. 
"She wanted an explanation about what happened, and I told her, 'Look, the only way you can really explain it is by examining his brain,'" ...

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