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by Paul on 12/08/11 at 09:53 AM ET
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Forget about Barnaby the hockey player and TV personality. Condemn him if you will, but my concern is for Barnaby the person. I consider him a friend. I’m worried about him. He’s a good guy on a reckless path.
Recent studies revealed many players who died young suffered from brain damage related to concussions. Rangers tough Derek Boogaard was added to the list Tuesday. Barnaby had 295 fights in his career starting in juniors and suffered numerous concussions, including one that ultimately ended his career.
Doctors say telltale signs of brain trauma are erratic behavior, depression and substance abuse. You need not be a neurologist to see Barnaby suffered from various symptoms. He acknowledged as much himself last season.
He complained that he was short-tempered and didn’t feel right for two years after he retired. He wondered if he had disconnections in his brain and worried about his long-term health. At the same time, last May, he refused to blame concussions for his own behavior.
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