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Ex-wife of NFL player who had CTE: ‘Nobody said death was an option’

Ex-wife of NFL player who had CTE: ‘Nobody said death was an option’
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Sis Keana McMahon spoke with MSNBC’s Adam Howard last week about CTE, the effect it has had on her family, how she is using her experience to help others, and how she feels about the misguided comments made recently by some NFL owners about the issue.

Keana’s ex-husband, former Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Justin Strzleczyk, was one of the first players to be diagnosed with CTE after his death in 2004. Dr. Bennet Omalu, who was portrayed by actor Will Smith in the film “Concussion,” diagnosed Strzleczyk.

She shares the same concern of Sisters In Sports, that very little attention has been paid to the impact CTE can have on the loved ones of athletes who have watched their partners deteriorate before their eyes. “Nobody handed us a piece a paper and said you may die and leave your kids fatherless. Nobody said that death was option.” This is what motivates her to be strong for other women experiencing the aftermath of concussions in sports, as well as to educate parents just starting their kids out in youth sports.

Read Keana’s interview with MSNBC here.

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