Former Football Star Lawrence Phillips Family Donates His Brain To Research

(Delano, CA) – He was supposed to go down in the NFL Hall of Fame. With all the makings and talent of a superstar athlete, Lawrence Phllips had one problem that he talked about in 1995 after facing charges for assaulting his girlfriend in Nebraska.  “Being able to walkl away from my instincts,” he said candidly. Poignant words from a man whose instincts encircled corruptive behavior, anger and violence.
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  •  * In 2006, was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon for a 2005 incident in which he drove his car into teenagers on a playground following a dispute in Los Angeles. He was sentenced to 10 years in 2008.
  •  *In 2009 He was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in jail for assaulting a girlfriend in 2005.
  • * In 2015, he was suspected of killing his cellmate Damion Soward. He was charged with that crime in September 2015.  Blood was found in the cell and on Phillips’ clothes.
Reportedly, Phillips was convinced that he would received the death penality for the alleged murder of Soward, so he committed suicide.

Dan Chamberlain, an attorney for Juanita Phillips, told USA Today that her son’s brain will be donated to Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Program.

“She 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 said, via USA Today. “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.’”

Researchers will study the impacts of traumatic brain injuries and CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes.

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