Karageorge’s teammate Michael Bennett, a defensive tackle, told the wire service that “we knew he had a lot of concussions and we were worried about that. But we didn’t see any side effects of it.”
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The coroner of Franklin County, Ohio has confirmed that a neuropathologist will examine the brain of Kosta Karageorge, the walk-on Ohio State University football player who died from an apparent self-inflicted gun shot oover the weekend.
Karageorge had texted his mom just before his death about the debilitating effect that a concussion or multiple concussion was having on him.
Dr. Anahi Ortiz, the Franklin County coroner, told the Associated Press that the neuropathologist “may or may not be able to determine any sort of abnormality or defect from traumatic brain injury.”
Tragic Death of Ohio State Football Player Raises More Questions than Answers about Role of Concussions
When the authorities in Columbus, Ohio found the body of student athlete and football player Kosta Karageorge, dead apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, it raised more questions than answers about the role of concussions.
Karageorge had reportedly texted his mother just before his death that he was sorry if he was “an embarrassment, but these concussions have my head all f—ed up.”
While still a missing person case, Reuters reported that his mother had said Karageorge, who joined the team as a walk-on this fall, suffered multiple concussions and had had spells of anxiety and confusion.
The Associated Press had quoted team physician Dr. Jim Borchers as saying the school was “confident in our medical procedures and policies to return athletes to participation following injury or illness.”
The player’s sister, Sophia Karageorge, told The Columbus Dispatch that after each concussion her brother followed trainers’ instructions and received proper care. But the “repercussions” from the concussions “have been long-term or delayed.”
Meanwhile, the school issued the following statement: “The Ohio State University Department of Athletics was shocked and saddened to learn today of the death of student-athlete Kosta Karageorge, a senior from Columbus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time.”
Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, who has been the subject of many a story because of the impact that concussions have had on his post-football life, told a Chicago radio station earlier this week that he understands why some of his contemporaries have taken their own life.
“I’m glad I don’t have any weapons in my house, or else I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be here,” he said.
McMahon was in town for the Sports Legacy Institute’s first annual Chicago gala, where he was being honored “for his courage to go public with his symptoms of early-onset dementia likely due to concussions he suffered in the NFL.”
The ex-quarterback provided a graphic depiction of his current state, telling the station that he has to call his girlfriend some days and tell her he was lost. He would say “I don’t know where I’m at. I don’t know how I got on this road.”
And yet he knows others are worse off.
“Some of these guys are homeless,” he said. “They don’t know who they are. They were the ones that built this brand to where it’s at.”