Los Angeles Times

Hall of Fame bars speech about Seau


The Pro Football Hall of Fame will not allow Junior Seau’s daughter to comment about her father during induction ceremonies on Aug. 8 in Canton, Ohio. Citing previous policies on posthumous inductions, the Hall barred Sydney Seau from making a speech. Junior Seau, who shot and killed himself in 2012, is one of seven men being inducted.

In a New York Times story Friday, Sydney Seau said: “It’s frustratin­g because the induction is for my father and for the other players, but then to not be able to speak, it’s painful. I just want to give the speech he would have given.”

Seau, a linebacker, played 20 NFL seasons. After his suicide doctors diagnosed him with traumatic brain injury they believed attributab­le to playing football. His family has sued the NFL.

The New Orleans Saints cut Junior Galette ,atop pass rusher who had 22 sacks in 2013-14 but was arrested in January, allegedly after a domestic dispute. . . . Denver defensive end Derek Wolfe was suspended four games, Kansas City cornerback Sean Smith three games and Minnesota cornerback Jabari Price two games for violating NFL substancea­buse policy. . . . Tampa Bay put cornerback C.J. Wilson on the reserve/retired list while he recovers from losing two fingers in a fireworks mishap. . . . Dallas running back Joseph Randle was put on six months’ probation for stealing $123 worth of goods at a mall.

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