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Schlichter has brain damage, donates it for study after death

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Former NFL quarterback Art Schlichter, sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday, has brain damage, a court-ordered mental examination of Schlichter concluded.  According to Reuters, the exam found damage to Schlichter’s frontal lobes.  He supposedly suffered 15 concussions while playing football in high school and college.

As part of the 52-year-old Schlichter’s sentence, a judge approved Schilchter’s request that, if the he dies in prison, his brain and spinal cord will be sent to Boston University’s Sports Legacy Institute.

Schlichter joined the Colts in 1982, exiting the game with two years.  He has faced numerous legal problems since then, primarily flowing from compulsive gambling.

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32 Responses to “Schlichter has brain damage, donates it for study after death”
  1. omniscient48 says: May 4, 2012 6:34 PM

    Obviously a gambling injury — a whole new area for plaintiffs lawyers to consider.

  2. joemammy says: May 4, 2012 6:36 PM

    Too bad no one got to Terry Bradshaw before his untimely demise.

  3. melikefootball says: May 4, 2012 6:45 PM

    As a fan you have to say WOW this is getting crazy, everthing that happens to an x player is because of the hits they took. What is the next chapter?

  4. jluns275 says: May 4, 2012 6:45 PM

    Fat chance any CTE he has is from his cup of coffee in the NFL. His playing time could literally be measured in plays not games.
    He was drafted by the Colts same year as Mike Pagel, who promptly beat him out for the starting job before Schlicter was suspended by the NFL for gambling on NFL games-including the Colts’.
    If he’s really got any brain damage, it’s more likely he suffered it at the high school, collegiate, or prison level-judging from his appearance & behavior during interviews, he strikes me as having the profile of a constant victim while being incarcerated.

  5. Christian says: May 4, 2012 6:46 PM

    There goes my argument that only people who play for at least three years in the NFL are at risk for brain damage.

  6. Kave Krew says: May 4, 2012 6:52 PM

    The rest of the story —- Boston University Sports Center gets brain for study only if he dies under age 65. The Brain Injury Research Center gets it if he dies over 65.

  7. pooflingingmonkey says: May 4, 2012 6:54 PM

    Does this mean Merrill Hoge, and all the other players who have incurred numerous concussions will somehow develop a gambling addiction?

    I don’t think so.

  8. backindasaddle says: May 4, 2012 6:58 PM

    This is just a sleazy attempt to get sympathy from the judge and possibly a lighter sentence. This guy is just a weasel with an angle.

  9. nyhealingpoints says: May 4, 2012 7:00 PM

    Saying a guy didn’t get brain damage because he did not play long enough is like saying no drunk driving is not dangerous if you do it for a short time. It’s just takes one hit, or it could take many hits, no one can say.

    But I personally have arrived at the point where I can’t look the other way any longer. Unless things change radically, I don’t want my sons to play when they are old enough. And If it is too dangerous for my children, why am I paying money to watch peoples children risk thier health in such a sincere way?

    Sometimes in life morality goes right up against pleasure. How much has to happen before it gets too far? How many lives? Too sad.

  10. steelerhypocrite says: May 4, 2012 7:06 PM

    As long as he doesn’t donate his rear end…God knows the awful shape that must be in by now…

  11. w1thinreason says: May 4, 2012 7:12 PM

    There are several diseases than can cause an appearance of “brain damage” to a person’s frontal lobes. Frontotemporal dementia, for instance, is a well-known cause of frontal lobe disease that leads to impulsive personality change, leading people to do things like pathologically gamble. Chronic alcohol abuse can do the same thing. The reporting surrounding this CTE thing is characteristic of sensationalist media reporting on the newest health disaster facing us all. It is irresponsible to assume Schlicter’s brain findings are from football, and these reports that are based on incomplete knowledge cause great harm and alter people’s lives (see post above mine).

  12. babyhorsemorgan says: May 4, 2012 7:13 PM

    I tried to explain to the parking bylaw officer that post concussion syndrome was making me unable to concentrate on feeding the meter and often caused me to double park in fire lanes. But she wasn’t adequately educated in these matters.

  13. jelliot1978 says: May 4, 2012 7:18 PM

    This could possibly underline the true problem as he really never played in the NFL. The more serious damage to the brain likely occurs at a younger age as the brain and skull are still devolving. Add in the fact that the younger you are the less money there is to treat and diagnose the injury properly. No way 8 yr olds should be playing full contact in the gear they currently use. Either develop a safer helmet or let kids play flag football until a certain age. This will only protect the kids.

  14. thegonz13 says: May 4, 2012 7:20 PM

    Extracting his brain from his butt will be the challenging part…

  15. vader7176 says: May 4, 2012 7:29 PM

    Here it comes the sensitive guys and the ambulance chasers are gonna claim brain damage causes him to gamble and be a criminal so someone should pay him money cause he’s not responsible for being a loser. And every jerk kid is failing cause he wasn’t hugged enough by mommy and daddy or he has (parent diagnosed) adhd or all his teachers couldn’t “make a connection” with him. I think we’re reaching now. If this is what up to the minute sports news is gonna give us, maybe you should wait an hour and consider if we help anybody with this kind of manure. And yes I’m just as big a dope for actually reading this crap.

  16. blacknole08 says: May 4, 2012 7:31 PM

    He sounds like a con man trying to gain some sympathy. His addiction probably has ruined many lives. Hope he gets the attention he needs while behind bars.

  17. bangitfootball says: May 4, 2012 7:42 PM

    Every scumbucket that ever strapped on a football helmets going to using this concussion bs as a crutch for every screwed up thing they ever did in life. They ought to start a club with alcoholics, drug addicts and Bi Polars and play blame game .

  18. txxxchief says: May 4, 2012 7:42 PM

    Perhaps the frontal lobe damage came from banging his head on the blackjack table.

  19. bangitfootball says: May 4, 2012 7:44 PM

    5 to 1 he dosent die in prison.

  20. samoanjungle says: May 4, 2012 7:47 PM

    Those concussions came from Vinney and da boys tryin to collect

  21. hatesycophants says: May 4, 2012 8:05 PM

    Gotta say, and I have said little regarding this topic at the risk of exposing a very personal bias, this story convinces me that post concussion syndrome is real. I am also convinced that most of the 1500 men now suing the NFL have a solid case. It is not likely solidly against against the NFL as it is highly likely that these injuries occur before the age of 25. The human brain is not fully developed until the age of 25. That is not an opinion.

    Also, nyhealing, excellent post!

  22. mjkelly77 says: May 4, 2012 8:07 PM

    Here we go. Now every retired NFL player will blame alcohol, drug and gambling addictions on concussions. I beat my wife and kids because of concussions. I got divorced because of concussions. The NFL ruined my life. Right.

  23. hockeyfootball98 says: May 4, 2012 9:04 PM

    How about we just cancel the 2012 NFL season cause its too dangerous to play football….This is getting ridiculous its FOOTBALL, a contact sport players are going to suffer injuries. These guys werent complaining when they were cashing those checks or living the high life. For every 10 people with brain damage or problems there are thousands that are just fine.

  24. thefiesty1 says: May 4, 2012 9:37 PM

    How can you get brain damage from gambling? Looks like a convenient excuse.

  25. dcviking says: May 4, 2012 9:38 PM

    Damn – the over / under was 16 concussions, and I took the over…looks like he wins this one…

  26. tonyromoisterrible says: May 4, 2012 9:51 PM

    You would have to have brain damage to play for the colts.

  27. tjacks7 says: May 4, 2012 9:55 PM

    sounds like he plans on dying in prison.

  28. bchapman2011 says: May 4, 2012 10:17 PM

    backindasaddle says:
    May 4, 2012 6:58 PM
    This is just a sleazy attempt to get sympathy from the judge and possibly a lighter sentence. This guy is just a weasel with an angle.

    ————————————————–
    What part of court appointed mental exam don’t people understand? I know it’s hard to believe but doctors do have tests nowadays to determine if a person is brain damaged or suffering from retardation. This guy flushed his life down the toilet. He knows that, but his mental issues are the real deal.

  29. yajas says: May 4, 2012 10:53 PM

    jelliot1978 says: “…likely occurs at a younger age as the brain and skull are still devolving.”

    Yeah, you don’t want to do anything that would prevent your brain from devolving back to something closer to an ape’s.

  30. lostsok says: May 4, 2012 11:01 PM

    Don’t you actually have to PLAY football to get injured?

  31. backindasaddle says: May 5, 2012 1:47 PM

    bchapman2011 says:
    May 4, 2012 10:17 PM
    backindasaddle says:
    May 4, 2012 6:58 PM
    This is just a sleazy attempt to get sympathy from the judge and possibly a lighter sentence. This guy is just a weasel with an angle.

    ————————————————–
    What part of court appointed mental exam don’t people understand? I know it’s hard to believe but doctors do have tests nowadays to determine if a person is brain damaged or suffering from retardation. This guy flushed his life down the toilet. He knows that, but his mental issues are the real deal.

    _______________________________________________________

    What part?….. the part where he made the transparent request to donate his brain for research…. that part. It was an angle to try to get a reduced sentence. Plain and simple.

    *So you see, it’s not really his fault, your honor, that my client is a first rate habitually addicted criminal that continues to perpetrate crime after crime after crime cheating and swindling countless people. You see, it’s all because he got concussions when he played football. Certainly, your honor, you’ve seen the news on that lately haven’t you?. Ohh, and your honor, my client has also requested that brain be donated to the Boston University Sports Legacy Institute for concussion research should die in prison. Now, your honor, we the defense believe that our client must receive due consideration in sentencing in light of these extenuating circumstances.*

    Don’t even THINK to tell me it’s not an angle ‘bchapman2011′. If you can’t see it then all I can say is that I’ve a bridge in New York City to sell you.

    And frankly…. if he really does suffer from concussion damage. Good… he deserves it. He’s been a criminal his entire life and it’s in NO WAY related to concussions. That’s nothing more than a conveniently timed attempt at an excuse. He’s a criminal because he chose to be a criminal and he made that choice a very long time ago. Throw the slime ball in jail and flush his brain down the toilet after he dies.

  32. dawglb says: May 5, 2012 5:21 PM

    Art, Just donate it now. Bet that helps you stop doing coke. Then, you will get early for REALLY good behavior. Your buddies promise to take you to Vegas, Weekend at Bernie style!

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