A promising young athlete struck down in the prime of his life, at his own hands. Brad Evans of Hobbton High School in North Carolina ended his life with a gunshot. A seemingly “put together” young man who had no indication of depression or impulse control issues suddenly and without explanation felt compelled to end it. Brad was going to go to college to play baseball and possibly strive for his ultimate goal of the Major Leagues.
This was to happen after his senior season, including on the gridiron, where all the problems may have begun. It is very important to say that there is and most likely will not be a link, but Brad suffered three concussion in a month’s time. He returned prematurely, and did not get a doctor’s clearance to participate. His final concussion occurred on October 8th and required a helicopter transport to a regional medical center.
No one will ever know whether Brad suffered from CTE, or whether the repeated blows to his head altered his thinking and led him to take his own life.
Suicide remains one of the most common causes of death among teenagers.
But a mounting body of evidence – reinforced by the unlikely deaths of three promising young athletes since April – suggests that at least some of those suicides could be linked to repeated hits to the head.