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The doctor who inspired Will Smith's 'Concussion' movie is convinced OJ Simpson has a brain disease

World-renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu believes OJ Simpson suffers from CTE

Bennet Omalu has been a the forefront of concussion awareness in the US.
Bennet Omalu has been a the forefront of concussion awareness in the US.
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THE DOCTOR WHOSE discovery and exposure of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) was featured in the recent Will Smith movie Concussion has revealed that he believes OJ Simpson is suffering from the brain disease.

Dr. Bennet Omalu — a world-renowned forensic pathologist — feels so strongly that the disgraced former NFL running back is suffering from CTE that he would bet his medical licence on it.

Omalu told People Magazine that, as more information became available about the impact of repeated blows to the head, the idea that Simpson could have been suffering from the effects of CTE when he broke into a Las Vegas hotel room and stole sports memorabilia — a crime for which he is currently serving a 33-year sentence — is no longer far-fetched.

CTE can only be confirmed by a post-mortem but, even as far back as 2008, Simpson’s legal team had considered using the defence that concussions he sustained while playing American football could have contributed to his actions.

Omalu’s claims come just days after it was confirmed that CTE was found in the brain of a Super Bowl winning NFL player who died aged just 27.

Tyler Sash, a former New York Giants safety, suffered five reported concussions in his career and displayed increasingly erratic behaviour in the years before his death.

Last Autumn, research conducted by the US Department of Veteran Affairs and Boston University found evidence of CTE in 87 of 91 deceased former NFL players.

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