Emily Babay wrote a piece that appeared on the WashingtonExaminer.com website today. The title was “Concussion considered in teen athlete’s suicide” which is a scary thought. If you read the article you will notice she is trying to connect the Owen Thomas news and recent death of Kenny McKinnley to the unfortunate suicide of a Washington teen.
I find several issues with this reporting, bordering on irresponsible, least of which is the pure speculation that any suicide in athletes is related to concussions. The second is the inclusion of Kenny McKinnley, who had zero history of head injury (again does not mean he didn’t have CTE, but highly unlikely due to his position in the sport). Finally just the reporting of this teen suicide is very disturbing, kids do not need to read about how an who it was.
Off soap box.