NFL linebacker Junior Seau’s personal troubles took a turn for the worse, as he was arrested on domestic violence charges then later in the day drove his SUV off an embankment in California. Examiner.com reports that the 41-year-old was taken to the hospital on Monday, Oct. 18, with minor injuries.
Seau’s 25-year-old girlfriend told authorities that he allegedly assaulted her the night before in his home at Oceanside. An ironic twist is that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Each year, around 5 million women and 3 million men suffer from domestic violence every year, resulting in over 1,500 deaths.
Seau’s case is sad. Seau is Pro Football Hall of Fame material, even though he’s not won a Super Bowl yet. He’s been to the Pro Bowl 12 times and is currently a free agent. He could probably retire right now if he wanted to, and still be one of the most respected linebackers the game has ever known. Athletes who seem to have everything sometimes have trouble in domestic lives just like normal people. Here’s a breakdown of three prominent cases.
Andre Agassi was one of the best tennis players in the world in 1997 when he married supermodel and actress Brooke Shields. When the couple divorced two years later, it was a shock to the world, who always saw Shields attending his tennis matches to cheer him on, according to People magazine.
Agassi coped with his loss in two ways. First is that he was able to win tennis matches again and revitalize his career. Second is that he married female tennis great Stefi Graf, and they have two children together, according to Celebrity Baby Scoop.
Magic Johnson was diagnosed with an HIV infection in 1991. Johnson was still enjoying a fantastic career with the Los Angeles Lakers and he immediately retired from the game. After Johnson got his health in order, he tried to make a comeback and even competed for the United States on the 1992 Barcelona Olympics “Dream Team” that included Michael Jordan.
Johnson told Oprah Winfrey that it took about a month to accept his diagnosis. It helped that his wife and son didn’t have HIV, and he felt like “God blessed me” so as to give him his family, even though HIV may debilitate the basketball star.
Kobe Bryant was the subject of rape allegations in Eagle, Colo., from a 20-year-old victim who chose not to participate in the criminal case in 2004. Bryant has maintained that the encounter was consensual, even though a civil suit was underway after criminal charges were dropped, according to NBC Sports.
Unfortunately for Bryant, he was married at the time of having sex with another woman. Apparently, Bryant handled the case very well. He has gone on to win multiple NBA Titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, and is still married to the same woman he was with when the allegations were made.
Hopefully, Junior Seau can move past this personal setback to get his life moving forward. At 41, his peak playing days in the NFL are probably done, even though he is still a free agent looking for a team. Even if he does retire from football, he can start his own business, run football camps, or become a linebacker coach for any level of football, so his football career isn’t completely done yet.
Petersen, Karen, “Junior Seau drama puts Domestic Violence Awareness Month in spotlight”, Examiner.com.
Gliatto, Tom, “Double Fault-Divorced, Andre Agassi, Brooke Shields”, People.com.
Roberston, Carolyn, “Andre Agassi and Stefi Graf’s Island Escape”, CelebrityBabyScoop.com.
The Oprah Winfrey Show, “Celebrities’ Serious Diagnoses”, Oprah.com.
NBCSports.com News Services, “Rape case against Bryant dismissed”, NBCSports.com.