Report: Family unsure about donating Junior Seau's brain to researchers

Seau's family is now undecided on whether they will donate his brain to researchers. (Getty Images)

Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau died Wednesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Three days later, his family granted a request from researchers to study Seau's brain for evidence of damage resulting from concussions, pastor Shawn Mitchell told the Los Angeles Times.

Now, according to Reuters, the family is reconsidering that decision.

"They have now stepped back from what they were thinking initially," Mitchell said on Saturday. "Nothing is definite right now."

Asked if the family would allow researchers to eventually examine Seau's brain, Mitchell said "I don't want to give the impression they're not going to anymore," before adding: "We thought everything was kind of nailed, and now it's in flux."

Junior Seau, dead at 43
Mitchell said the family wants to discuss matter before proceeding.

"They just want to slow down, be sure they're doing it right," he said. "With the incredible, incredible anguish and grief and pressure of this situation, they've been in a fog. Now, they're getting counsel."

Seau, a linebacker out of Southern California, was the fifth-overall selection in the 1990 NFL Draft. He played for 20 years with the Chargers, Dolphins and Patriots before retiring after the 2009 season. He was a 12-time Pro Bowler and a member of the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team. The Chargers will honor Seau, who spent his first 13 seasons in San Diego, in a May 11 ceremony at Qualcomm Stadium.

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