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First professional baseball player diagnosed with brain disease

  • NLB player Ryan Freel may have killed himself over CTE last year. 

    A researcher said Freel hit his head several times in baseball as well as outside. Reports suggest that the player suffered numerous concussions during his career and also one as a child.

    Freel's mother mentioned that he always lived at "fast speed." The Stage 2 CTE found has been linked to the player's memory loss and erratic behavior.

    "Whether or not the disease was the cause of or accentuated the depression and substance abuse and impulse problems, we don't know." a neurology professor said. 

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