Family: Brown may have suffered brain trauma
A spokesperson for the family of former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown said his behavior during a recent SWAT team standoff at his home in Granger, Ind., may have been the result of brain trauma suffered during his playing career.
Brown was charged with three felonies as a result of his standoff with St. Joseph's County Police on Aug. 12, including criminal confinement and domestic battery, according police. After his wife and three children fled the home, Brown barricaded himself inside for seven hours while a SWAT team surrounded the house. The standoff ended when Brown, 41, suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the torso.
"We believe Corwin is suffering from symptoms similar to those experienced by the late Dave Duerson and were caused by the many notable collisions during Corwin's career in the NFL," spokesperson Julian Green, a friend and former classmate of Brown's at Julian High, wrote in a statement released by the Brown family.
Duerson, a former Chicago Bears safety, shot himself in the chest on Feb. 17, presumably so his brain could be tested for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a trauma-induced disease found in a growing list of former football players.
The family hopes to consult with neurologist Dr. Robert Cantu, one of the foremost authorities on sports concussions.
Brown played collegiately at Michigan before an eight-year NFL career with the Detroit Lions, New York Jets and New England Patriots.
"We can no longer remain silent and we believe it is important that his former teams, teammates, coaches and the NFL understand the severity of this situation," the statement read.
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