Ex-NFL player Brian Price is a sad example of advanced CTE. Last month he was detained by police for “acting erratically” inside an auto parts store. Price then ran full speed into a glass door, shattering it. He says that he remembers nothing of the incident besides waking up with blood in his mouth.
While a CTE diagnosis can only be confirmed after death, Price’s incident fits the profile of a CTE sufferer.
The study’s conclusion isn’t airtight. Other researchers say that the prevalence might not be *quite* as severe as the report indicates. They cite the fact that the study only studies dead brains, and death worsen the development of CTE symptoms making it look worse than it is.
But even the NFL is unable to ignore the prevalence of CTE. The NFL has spent over 1 billion dollars to compensate the families of CTE sufferers. However, the organization remains strangely passive about the issue.
CTE is incurable. But scientists hope this exposure will help drive up public interest in the disease.