Former NFL fullback Le’Ron McClain makes desperate Twitter plea for help over brain trauma he says resulted from playing football, adding ‘I have to get my head checked’
A retired NFL player pleaded on social media for help dealing with head and brain problems he said have come playing football.
Le’Ron McClain played in the NFL for seven years and took to Twitter to ask the NFL for help.
Since his retirement, players have settled a class-action lawsuit with the NFL in order to provide support for ex-players dealing with head injuries caused by playing football.
Le’Ron McClain played in the NFL for seven years and took to Twitter to ask the NFL for help
He asked for help dealing with head and brain problems he said have come playing football
As part of the settlement the NFL offered claimants up to $5million for former players dealing with football-sustained injuries.
They acknowledged a connection between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and has brought in initiatives to improve safety and to prevent and treat head injuries.
But McClain said he hasn’t received the treatment he needs.
In a series of emotional tweets McClain said he was ‘tired’ and it ‘takes too much to do anything’
McClain tweeted: ‘Need to tell my story of how my head is crazy and how football did it…. Please someone help me get this out the @NFL puts paperwork in out faces and that’s it. Yes its programms f*** all that I need help now I need a plan…. F*** man. They don’t f*****g get it man.
McClain said that he might have had an easier time getting help if he played quarterback
‘I have to get my head checked. Playing fullback since high school. Its takes too f*****g much to do anything. My brain is f*****g tired…. @NFL i need some help with this s****. Dark times and its showing. f*****g help me please!! They dont care I had to get lawyers man!
‘Like im mad im pissed im crying im upset im a f*****g mess!!!! Please man.’
He also said that he might have had an easier time getting help if he played quarterback.
Four hours later he said: ‘God be with me. I got this I got this.’
It came on the same day Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck retired from the NFL after he was plagued by a series of injuries.
Reports show the number of retired NFL players who have suffered repetitive hits to the head in their career and have developed memory and cognitive issues such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, depression, and CTE is increasing.