here are my afterthoughts, after listening to Brian Panish speak about Ted Agu’s death last night on http://www.SportSXRadio.com …..excerpt from an an email shared with Brian after the show.
I found last night’s segment of the Panish Perspective very compelling. Perhaps because for several years I specialized in casualty insurance programs, including product liability, workers compensation and employment practices liability. The firm I was with when I lived in Manhattan handled the NY Giants, as well as, the NJ Devils. In addition, I personally handled the insurance program for the Federal Reserve Bank of NY. Since the Bank employed a doctor and had a gym for their employees in the building, the exposures you discussed last night and the unfortunate case of Ted Agu was especially thought provoking.
I also found your discussion about CTE of interest. I have studied violent behavior for years. I am not sure if you remember the horrific case involving a NYPD officer, Justin Volpe, who was sentenced to thirty years in prison after freaking out in a precinct lavatory. He was accused of a heinous crime, and although there was no death involved, it reminds me of the Chris Benoit case. I do not know if the NYPD ever thought that some of their officers might have been plagued with CTE, especially those who might have played on the NYPD hockey or football teams, but maybe it was just easier to have the government make this case go away, label their officer as a monster, and get money into the city to help with race relations. I think the case was handled so unfairly by the media. Pretty sure a photo of the victim was leaked to the NY papers, and Officer Volpe’s psych report was dismissed by the judge.
I wonder why officers are treated differently than athletes, when in reality they might have played football and have suffered the same sort of injuries. Of course, there is also the misuse of steroids factor that might be an issues, as well. That topic usually goes under the rug, too.