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May 9, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Former NFL receiver Cris Carter says he put "bounties" on opposing players when he played in the league. Carter made the admission Tuesday night on "Hill and Schlereth," a show on ESPN Radio. "I put bounties on guys," Carter said. "If a guy tries to take me out, a guy takes a cheap shot on me? I put a bounty on him right now!" Carter said the big difference between what he did and what the New Orleans Saints did in their bounty system is that Carter didn't want opponents injured.
May 7, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
Ronnie Lott did his best to stay composed during Monday afternoon's unveiling of the 2012 early watch list for the "Lott IMPACT Trophy. " USC defensive back T.J. McDonald and UCLA linebacker Patrick Larimore were among the 42 players selected as candidates for the ninth Lott award , named after the former USC and NFL Hall of Fame defensive back. Lott was emotional as he offered closing comments in Newport Beach, less than a week after the death of former USC and San Diego Chargers star Junior Seau.
May 5, 2012 | By Sam Farmer and Rick Rojas
OCEANSIDE, Calif. - Junior Seau spent Monday morning surfing in San Clemente and that afternoon playing in a charity golf tournament in Dana Point. He joked with his playing partners, was the first to offer fist bumps after clutch putts, sought out course workers to pose for pictures with him and seemed like a retired NFL superstar without a care. Less than two days later, in a bedroom of his beachfront home in Oceanside, while his girlfriend was at the gym, Seau, among the greatest linebackers in football history, put a handgun to his chest and pulled the trigger.
May 4, 2012
The death of NFL star Junior Seau was officially ruled a suicide by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office on Thursday. Officials are awaiting the family's decision regarding the study of Seau's brain for evidence of repetitive injuries. Seau was discovered dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest in his beachside home in Oceanside on Wednesday morning about 9:35 a.m., according to the report. Officials have not determined an exact time of death. Dr. Craig Nelson, deputy medical examiner, conducted a forensic autopsy Thursday, including a full examination of Seau's body and organs and a collection of appropriate specimens for laboratory studies, including toxicology and microscopic examination of organs and tissues.
May 4, 2012 | By Tony Perry
The city of Oceanside on Friday released the frantic 911 call made by Junior Seau's girlfriend after she returned to his home and found him dead. The dispatcher can be heard trying to get details from the woman. "Is he breathing?" she asks, in a calm voice. "I don't think so," comes the agonized reply. Seau's girlfriend arrived at the oceanfront home about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and found Seau dead in one of the bedrooms, a gun in the bed beside him. "Oh my God, I need an ambulance," the girlfriend says, her voice thick with crying and heavy breathing.
May 4, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is guaranteed a purse of at least $32 million, the Nevada State Athletic Commission reported Friday, a record guarantee tally for the unbeaten five-division champion who'll fight Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather's pay, based on his cut of advance pay-per-view sales, will go higher when total pay-per-view buys are tallied. HBO is charging $69.95 for the bout, a World Boxing Assn. super-welterweight title defense for Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs)
May 4, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Junior Seau's girlfriend who made the 911 call to report his self-inflicted gunshot wound was frantic during a nearly nine-minute conversation with the emergency dispatcher. The recording of the call was released Friday by Oceanside officials after numerous requests by media organizations. AUDIO: Seau 911 call "Oh my God, I need an ambulance," the girlfriend of the former USC and NFL linebacker said as she cried. "Oh my God.... My boyfriend shot himself. " Seau's girlfriend, who said she had been at the gym for about an hour, returned to his oceanfront home about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and found him dead on a bed with a gun beside him. PHOTOS: Junior Seau | 1969 - 2012 "Help is on the way," said the dispatcher, who advised the woman to perform CPR on Seau.
May 3, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Junior Seau's apparent suicide has left many of his former teammates stunned and saddened, searching for answers as to why. "I'm sorry to say, Superman is dead," said Shawn Mitchell, a chaplain for the San Diego Chargers. "All of us can appear to be super, but all of us need to reach out and find support when we're hurting. " Being from the San Diego area, Seau quickly became one of the most beloved Chargers of all time after he joined the team, and his popularity only grew after he led the team to the 1995 Super Bowl.
May 3, 2012 | By Tony Perry and Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
Through her tears, Luisa Seau said that there had been no warning of this. How could her son, Junior, who had so much promise in his life and during a glittery football career, want to kill himself? "I don't understand," she wailed. But Seau, 43, a star linebacker at USC and for his hometown San Diego Chargers, apparently ended his life Wednesday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Oceanside home. Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy said Seau's girlfriend went to the beachfront home about 9:30 a.m. and found him dead in a bedroom.
May 3, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
OCEANSIDE -- The family of deceased NFL star Junior Seau has decided to allow researchers to study his brain for evidence of damage as the result of concussions, San Diego Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell said. "The family was considering this almost from the beginning, but they didn't want to make any emotional decisions," Mitchell told The Times on Thursday night. "And when they came to a joint decision that absolutely this was the best thing, it was a natural occurrence for the Seau family to go forward.
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