Hall of Fame to not allow Junior Seau family to speak at Canton induction
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The New York Times published a report Friday detailing how the Pro Football Hall of Fame plans to not allow any member of Junior Seau's family to speak on his behalf at his upcoming Hall of Fame induction on August 8, 2015.
In the report, Hall of Fame spokesman Joe Horrigan claims that Seau’s brain injury and suicide had nothing to do with the HOF committee's decision.
According to Horrigan, the Hall eliminated speeches by family members of deceased inductees because they often repeated what was already shown in the player's HOF enshrinement ceremony video, prolonging the ceremony.
“There was an acceptance speech for deceased players but it got redundant. The honor is supposed to be for the individual," Horrigan said.
Seau's daughter, Sydney, would have been a likely candidate to represent her father in Canton, and did not take the news very well.
“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. 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," Sydney said.