Bellator’s Late Parsons First in MMA w/ CTE
Bellator took the loss of 25-year-old Jordan Parsons by way of a hit-and-run incident in May hard. Information is now out that the fighter was also the first documented case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE,) according to an original report in the Boston Globe.
MMAFighting.com reported that he was posthumously diagnosed by forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu, who has diagnosed cases in professional football and wrestling.
“Omalu’s CTE diagnosis of Mike Webster, a former football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, led to the NFL settling a lawsuit with players for $1 billion. Omalu was portrayed by Will Smith in the recent Hollywood film “Concussion…” “Hockey players are also suing the NHL in a similar case.”
CTE is described online by the Boston University CTE Center as a degenerative brain disease caused by “concussive and subconcussive” head trauma. BU reports on the site that degeneration begins after the trauma with the build-up of an abnormal protein and can lead to “memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, and, eventually, progressive dementia.”
Bellator head Scott Coker has released a statement:
“Jordan was a shining star in this sport and a beloved member of the Bellator family who we miss very much and we continue to honor through the ‘Jordan Parsons Memorial Scholarship Fund.” “Bellator MMA is committed to the safety of our fighters and has been a strong supporter of the Cleveland Clinic [Professional Fighters Brain Health Study] for the last few years.”
The case of Parsons’ death is still ongoing, but his alleged murderer, “multiple-time DUI offender” (who was drunk when he struck Parsons) 28-year-old Dennis Wright was found and arrested in just under a week after the incident.
“Wright made an effort to have the damaged Range Rover repaired at a local body shop, but the owner refused to do the work, so Wright rented a bay at a storage facility and hid the SUV” the arresting Delray Beach Police Department posted on Facebook last year. Read the full release here.
Wright is facing multiple felony charges.