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Doctor found dead hours before Samari Rolle lawsuit was to begin

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Dr. Craig Brigham, who has been in the news in the NFL this offseason for giving draft prospect Jarvis Jones a clean bill of health and for getting sued by former player Samari Rolle, was found dead this morning.

The Charlotte medical office where Brigham worked released a statement saying he had died from “causes related to an existing medical condition.”

Rolle, who last played in 2008, sued Brigham for negligence arising from a spinal fusion surgery that Rolle claims was “botched.” Brigham was expected to be in court this morning for opening arguments in Rolle’s lawsuit.

Jones, a potential first-round draft pick, finished his college career at Georgia after doctors at USC diagnosed him with a serious spinal condition and urged him to stop playing football. Georgia’s doctors cleared Jones to play, and Brigham issued a report to all 32 teams in March saying that the Georgia doctors were correct and that Jones should be “cleared to play without restriction.”

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24 Responses to “Doctor found dead hours before Samari Rolle lawsuit was to begin”
  1. citizenstrange says: Apr 22, 2013 2:08 PM

    The Charlotte medical office where Brigham worked released a statement saying he had died from “causes related to an existing medical condition.”
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    Now who’s being naive?

  2. ozymandias121 says: Apr 22, 2013 2:10 PM

    The irony.

  3. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 22, 2013 2:14 PM

    Is Rolle in the mob now??

  4. theclaim says: Apr 22, 2013 2:19 PM

    Red Flag, Jarvis Jones. How many red flags is that on Jarvis now?

  5. 808raiderinparadise says: Apr 22, 2013 2:23 PM

    Ray Lewis was like, don’t worry Samari, I got you!

  6. Fist of the Raven says: Apr 22, 2013 2:25 PM

    Shouldn’t Jarvis Jones be re-examined now?

  7. remyje says: Apr 22, 2013 2:27 PM

    illuminati

  8. source7769 says: Apr 22, 2013 2:28 PM

    was Oj in the area?

  9. randallflagg52 says: Apr 22, 2013 2:29 PM

    theclaim says:
    Apr 22, 2013 2:19 PM
    Red Flag, Jarvis Jones. How many red flags is that on Jarvis now?

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    One more red flag and he’ll be eligible for honorary steeler status.

  10. underrated49ers says: Apr 22, 2013 2:54 PM

    Which kind of preexisting medical condition?

    The kind where poison had always been ingested in his body and he finally died from it, or the kind where you had a pre-exisiting bullet go through your head?

  11. lovefootball4life says: Apr 22, 2013 2:56 PM

    Saying Rolle was somehow responsible is naive. If the Doctor is dead Rolle can’t sue him and he’s out of that settlement. Maybe the Doctor faked his death and is now out of the country to avoid the pending litigation with Rolle and eventually whatever team drafts Jones.

  12. fin72 says: Apr 22, 2013 3:00 PM

    I’m sure he previously self-diagnosed that “existing medical condition” and like Jarvis Jones determined that he was just fine.

  13. thejohnsmith1122 says: Apr 22, 2013 3:06 PM

    “Jones, a potential first-round draft pick, finished his college career at Georgia after doctors at USC diagnosed him with a serious spinal condition and urged him to stop playing football. Georgia’s doctors cleared Jones to play, and Brigham issued a report to all 32 teams in March saying that the Georgia doctors were correct and that Jones should be “cleared to play without restriction.”

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    I’m more worried about Jarvis Jones. I’m not sure if he got any 3rd or 4th opinions but I bet he’s happy with whoever will say he’s healthy. Hopefully the kid doesn’t play football based on what he wants to hear and gets injured later.

  14. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 22, 2013 3:11 PM

    If the NFL was truly concerned about “player safety,” it would forbid ANY team from either drafting or signing Jones. Jones ought to be “off limits” and instructed to find employment elsewhere. Pretty simple.

  15. jimyritz says: Apr 22, 2013 3:41 PM

    Jones for his own sake might want to get another opinion..

  16. christophershearin says: Apr 22, 2013 3:55 PM

    does ray lewis have a new day job? or does he work the night shift?

  17. whatjusthapped says: Apr 22, 2013 3:55 PM

    You got to admit, something sounds fishy with respect to how this Doctor passed away.

    If he was afraid to go to trial, he should have hired Ray Lewis’s law firm, talk about getting away with murder.

  18. dcapettini says: Apr 22, 2013 4:14 PM

    I am so sick of jerks denigrating Ray Lewis: especially when he has nothing to do with the post. If you idiots would research the incident in question, a jury found the companions of Ray NOT guilty of murder. They found they were acting in self defense. There:NO murder. These guys had guns and used them. Unfortunately for them, they couldn’t hit the side of a barn. Give it up, Haters!

  19. scoobies05 says: Apr 22, 2013 4:58 PM

    dcappetini…thank you. so tired of it as well. its all there for public record but people are too lazy.

  20. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 22, 2013 5:18 PM

    I heard he left a memo stating that he’s not dead and he’s in great shape and registering for a marathon next week.

  21. morganstan100 says: Apr 22, 2013 5:27 PM

    Oh…you’re assuming those guys can read? Hahaha. Good one!

  22. csilojohnson says: Apr 22, 2013 6:17 PM

    Ray Lewis killed the doctor. In the study, with yet to be drained deer antlers. While wearing the infamous missing white suit.

  23. scoobies05 says: Apr 22, 2013 7:02 PM

    good point morgan

  24. olyniner says: Apr 23, 2013 12:40 AM

    Jones to the Redskins, injury sminjury .

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