The National Football League has responded to a 10News report that indicated the league stopped a well-known research group from examining the brain of late Chargers great Junior Seau.
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10News confirmed Seau's brain was harvested during his autopsy, which ESPN reported was attended by Dr. Bennett Omalu of The Brain Injury Research Group.
A source with inside knowledge told 10News the NFL convinced the Seau family to keep the brain from going to Omalu's organization so it could go to researchers at Boston University.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told 10News, "We have not contacted the family. We are not involved in this matter."
McCarthy admitted the NFL has given money to Boston University to study brain injuries, but said they are not involved in any other way with the research.
A Seau family friend confirmed the family has made a decision about the star linebacker's brain, but is keeping that decision private.
At a private viewing for invited guests at Calvary Chapel in Oceanside on Friday, more than 1,000 mourners, many wearing traditional Polynesian clothing, gathered to say their goodbyes.
When the hearse carrying Seau's body pulled in front of the chapel, a quiet ceremony took place, involving fine woven mats that were folded and placed on the gurney where Seau's casket was placed. Seau's family appeared to be praying before his body was taken inside.
Guests told 10News it was a somber scene inside. Alongside Seau's open casket sat both his parents, with grandchildren fanning them and paramedics standing by in case anyone needed medical attention.
Seau will be buried Friday at Eternal Hills Memorial Park, not far from the Oceanside home where authorities said he fatally shot himself.
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