Dez Bryant on Demaryius Thomas: 'A Lot' of NFL Players Are 'Living with CTE '
After hearing the news that deceased Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas had been posthumously diagnosed with Stage 2 CTE
former NFL wide receiver Dez Bryant claimed that "a lot" of current and former NFL players were "living with CTE."
"My heart is weak, buddy, DT88 Many of us have CTE, and the NFL is aware of this. The athletes who are experiencing those symptoms are most importantly afraid to talk.
One thing about me is that I don't lead a phoney life. I have a much deeper affection and support for athletics than most people do." On Instagram, Bryant posted.
Only after a person has passed away can CTE be identified. Athletes in combat sports and NFL players who have taken repeated hits to the head have been related to the neurodegenerative illness
Ninety-nine percent of the brains of former NFL players have CTE, according to a 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Jesse Mez, the study's lead author, said at the time, "The data imply that there is very likely a link between exposure to football and risk of having the disease."
Although the study notes that families of players who showed symptoms of CTE were more likely to contribute to the study, potentially raising the proportion, it is generally known that contact sports are associated with brain disorders.
CTE is a neurological degenerative illness that can cause memory loss, mood swings, and some symptoms usually connected to Parkinson's disease.
Dr. Ann McKee, director of Boston University's Neuropathology Core, said of Thomas: "We found what we've seen in so many other players under the age of 34."
"Deeper parts of the brain are starting to degenerate as a result of several lesions in the frontal and temporal lobes. CTE was identified in him. phase two"
Thomas passed away in December 2021 as a result of a seizure disorder that caused cardiac arrest. Thomas's parents told GMA that he struggled with memory loss and paranoia
but McKee pointed out that his cause of death was unrelated to his posthumous CTE diagnosis.
"Death is not brought on by CTE itself. CTE does not cause death. Your mentality and behaviour are both altered by CTE "explained McKee.
Thomas' cause of death has not yet been determined by the Fulton County (Georgia) Coroner's Office, however the doctors at Boston University think he passed away after having a seizure.