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Jake Paul says he has early signs of CTE ahead of Ben Askren fight

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YouTube star-turned-boxer Jake Paul on Friday said that his brain is showing early signs of CTE. The information comes a day before he is set to take on former Bellator and ONE welterweight world champion Ben Askren — in just the former’s third professional bout.

Paul in a Friday news conference revealed that a scan showed his brain exhibiting signs of trauma. Paul said he will fight against Askren, showing no indication that he would stop his burgeoning boxing career afterward.

CTE — chronic traumatic encephalopathy — is a progressive, degenerative brain disease that often results from repeated blunt force trauma and blows to the head. It can only be diagnosed after the person has died.

“It’s a dangerous sport,” Paul said. “That’s why, when people question my dedication to it, it’s like, I’m showing up every single day. I’m putting my mental health on the line. My brain is on the line. Like you said, I’ve gone and gotten brain scans and have early signs of CTE.

“I love this sport and wouldn’t trade it for anything else. And I’m a fighter, and people will see that. Whether it’s after Saturday night or whether it’s a year from now, they will see that I’m a fighter,” Paul said.

MORE: Why are Jake Paul and Ben Askren fighting? A callout lured ex-MMA champion out of retirement

Below is Paul discussing his brain trauma and future career in boxing:

Paul, 24, is not the only person in his family to have suffered trauma. Older brother Logan Paul, 26, also underwent brain scans in 2019 which showed trauma as a result of boxing.

Jake Paul will take on Askren at roughly 9 p.m. ET Saturday via Triller.


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Stanford football’s first early enrollees a success so far | SportsPac12

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By Jackson Moore, Cardinal 247: This spring is the first time Stanford has allowed early enrollments into the football program. Based on the early progress of the Cardinal’s first two early recruits, head coach David Shaw voiced his favor of bringing in more early additions in future classes.

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Stanford’s first early enrollees a success so far

This spring is the first time Stanford has allowed early enrollments into the football program. So far, so good says head coach David Shaw.

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Followers of my writing know I work with a group called Following Football, which uses a simple method to rate teams in a wide range of sports – all football-adjacent such as Aussie Rules, American football, rugby and the like – and use those ratings to forecast game outcomes. (more…)

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Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, brother of Sam Ehlinger, found dead

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Texas football player Jake Ehlinger was found dead on Thursday by the Austin Police.

Devastating news for the Texas football program, as linebacker Jake Ehlinger was found dead by the Austin Police on Thursday afternoon.

The Austin Police Department received a call on the matter at 12:18 p.m CT. While they did not reveal how they found him, authorities have said his death is not considered suspicious. Ehlinger was the younger brother of Texas football star quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts over the weekend after a stellar career in Austin. What an absolute tragedy.

Our hearts go out to the Ehlinger Family and Longhorn Nation in this time of need.

Texas football: Linebacker Jake Ehlinger has passed away

While this was supposed to be Ehlinger’s third year with the Texas football program, he had yet to appear in a game for the Longhorns. He was entering his redshirt sophomore season as a former two-star recruit out of nearby Westlake High School. With his brother now in the NFL, the younger Ehlinger was slated to finally make his name on the Longhorns football. This is so heartbreaking.

2021 is the first year Steve Sarkisian has taken over the Texas program after having reinvented himself as an offensive coordinator with the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Atlanta Falcons before that. While he has a ton of work ahead of him in his first year on the job, this is the hardest thing he and his team will have to overcome this offseason. Ehlinger was entering the prime of his life.

May the Ehlinger and Texas football families find peace after this incredibly tragic loss.

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