Lawrence Phillips’ Brain Will Be Examined For CTE
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
The family of former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips announced that they will be donating his brain to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) researchers at Boston University following is death at Kern Valley State Prison in California.
Phillips, 40, was a standout running back serving 31 years in prison after a 2008 conviction of twice choking his girlfriend in 2005 and driving his car into three teens later that year, when he was found unresponsive in his cell early Wednesday morning (January 13, 2016).
The Kern County coroner’s office ruled his death a suicide, a claim that is vehemently denied by Phillips’ family. Phillips was awaiting another trial that could have brought him the death penalty following the murder of his cellmate Damion Soward, 37.
Phillips’ defense attorney, Jesse Whitten, said Phillips was upbeat a day before his death and was intent on giving his side of the story in the death of Soward.
Attorney Dan Chamberlain, who is representing Phillips’ family and also represented Phillips in a lawsuit brought by retired players against the NFL over concussions, spoke with USA Today Sports expressing that the family hopes a study of Phillips’ brain may provide answers surrounding the troubled former star.
“[Phillips’ mother] wanted an explanation about what happened, and I told her, ‘Look, the only way you can really explain it is by examining his brain,'” Chamberlain told the newspaper. “I told her, ‘You owe it to your son, you owe it to every other NFL, college and pee wee and high school and middle school player that played football.'”
Chamberlain also revealed in to USA Today Sports in September that Phillips was to receive an estimated $1.4 million from the $1 billion settlement the NFL reached with retired players concerning concussions and those funds would be used to fund his legal defense against a first-degree murder charge.
Chamberlain believes head injuries suffered while playing football may have contributed to Phillips’ constant troubles with the law.
Lawrence Phillips had a well-documented rise from a West Covina, CA group home to become a star running back at the University of Nebraska where he led the Cornhuskers to back-to-back national championships before being drafted No. 6 overall in the 1996 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.
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