CANTON, Ohio – The NFL Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be on August 8, and Junior Seau’s family will not be allowed to speak.
According to the New York Times, Seau’s family believed they would be able to speak before his induction.
Seau, who committed suicide in 2012, had a lengthy career in the NFL, although his family believes injuries he suffered throughout that career ultimately forced him to take his own life. The family filed suit against the NFL, which they won.
Seau always said he wanted his daughter to speak if he was ever inducted. The Hallf of Fame will instead show a video highlighting his career.
“It’s frustrating because the induction is for my father and for the other players, but then to not be able to speak, it’s painful,” Sydney told the NY Times. “I just want to give the speech he would have given. It wasn’t going to be about this mess. My speech was solely about him.”
The Hall of Fame said his death had nothing to do with not allowing his family to speak.
The policy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame since 2010 regarding individuals enshrined posthumously provides for an expanded presenting video (longer than the videos of living inductees) followed by the traditional unveiling of the bronzed bust and no additional comments made from the podium.This policy is not precedent setting and was implemented for the first time in 2011 when former Los Angeles Rams great Les Richter was inducted posthumously.The Pro Football Hall of Fame looks forward to honoring the careers of Junior Seau and the seven other members of the Class of 2015 during the upcoming Enshrinement Ceremony.