Last week, former NFL CB Corwin Brown was entangled in a seven-hour SWAT team standoff against the police in his Granger, Ind., home after an apparent domestic incident. His wife and children escaped the house, and though police pleaded with Brown to surrender peacefully, he eventually shot himself in the side and had to be taken to the hospital.
On Tuesday, Brown was charged with two counts of criminal confinement and a count of domestic battery for allegedly holding his wife against her will and battering her. According to the South Bend Tribune, his bond has been set at $5,000.
And while Brown’s actions are obviously concerning, his family also believes he might have symptoms stemming from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, which was what Dave Duerson was suffering from when he fatally shot himself in the chest so he could donate his brain to science.
Brown played for the Patriots, Jets and Lions from 1993-2000, and according to the Tribune, “in a statement issued Tuesday, Brown's family described how his personality changed after his eight-year NFL career, when he became suspicious, distant, gloomy, exhausted and depressed.”
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But not before the two allegedly battled for possession of a handgun Brown kept in his pocket. The gun apparently accidently discharged before Melissa left the house.
"There is a tragedy in this story which has unfolded over the last several years," the Brown family said in the statement. "Many are asking, 'what would cause a young man who has been blessed beyond all measure -- that he would put himself and his family in harm's way?' … We pray for studies to better understand and prevent this from happening to another player, as well as current families dealing with the same situation.”
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