Ex-NFL player pleads for help with injuries: 'I have to get my head checked'
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Retired NFL player Le’Ron McClain took to Twitter to ask for help with injuries he said he suffered since his football career, pleading with the league to help him get his “head checked.” 

McClain left the league after seven seasons, having played for the Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs before retiring in 2013. However, he wrote on Saturday that he is still dealing with the physical effects of playing football for so long.


"Playing fullback since high school. Its takes too f---ing much to do anything. My brain is f---ing tired," McClain wrote. "@NFL i need some help with this shyt. Dark times and its showing. F---ing help me please!! They dont care I had to get lawyers man!"

“Need to tell my story of how my head is crazy and how football did it,” McClain wrote. “Please someone help me get this out the @NFL puts paperwork in out faces and thats it.”

McClain suggested his position as a fullback was the reason he was not getting the medical help he needs.

"Watch how fast they come to aid if I was som3 QB or anything but no I was f---ing fullback that did it all," he tweeted Saturday. "@NFL I need help and i need the process to speed the f--- up Im about to crash out and its paperwork I dont wanna hear it. F--- man im done.... Im out."

The 34-year-old athlete said he is having trouble sleeping and is struggling with anxiety.

“Like whats wrong with me man,” he wrote on Twitter.

The Hill has reached out to the NFL for comment.

Studies have found that a large majority of NFL players may suffer from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a rare brain disease believed to be caused by repeated head trauma such as concussions.

The degenerative disease can cause several symptoms such as memory loss, confusion, depression, impulse control and dementia that appear years after the blows to the head. A diagnosis can only come after death through brain tissue analysis.

Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, released the results of her research into CTE in 2017 after examining the brains of decades of football players. Of the 111 former NFL players, 110 of them were found to have CTE. 

Other serious illnesses have been linked to football concussions, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. 

The NFL and its 32 club owners announced in 2016 a new $100 million initiative intended to prevent, diagnose and treat head injures. 

The league previously agreed to pay more than $1 billion in a settlement for more than 20,000 players involved in a lawsuit. The Associated Press reported in May that of the 872 financial awards granted, the average was just under $575,000.

A federal judge ruled that retired NFL players seeking part of the settlement must see a doctor close to home to prevent fraud and “doctor shopping,” the AP reported.