Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Bennet Omalu, MD vs National Football League

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Dr. Omalu was the first to identify, describe and name Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy [CTE] as a disease entity in football players and wrestlers. He is currently the Chief Medical Examiner of San Joaquin County, California, and is the President and Medical Director of Bennet Omalu Pathology. He also serves as a Clinical Professor and Associate Physician Diplomate at the UC, Davis Medical Center, Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

After Dr. Bennet Omalu published papers showing the brains of two former NFL players (including Mike Webster) had suffered serious degenerative brain disease, The NFL attacked Omalu’ s work and demanded it be retracted.

Even though Dr. Omalu had done the first research into Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), he was shunned by the NFL and now regrets getting involved ” I wish I never met Mike Webster. CTE has driven me into the politics of science, the politics of the NFL. You can’t go against the NFL. They will squash you”

The NFL after several years of denial have acknowledged the truth in Omalu’ s research and awarded a $765 million to settle the case.

Watch the entire documentary on PBS:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/league-of-denial/