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New Details Unveiled in Death of Former NFL Star Inside a Mental Hospital


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The family of former college football and NFL star Stanley Wilson Jr., who died tragically last month inside of a mental hospital in Los Angeles, is demanding answers after they say the officials transporting him to the hospital were responsible for his death.

According to TMZ, Wilson's family says that the former defensive standout's body showed signs of excessive force prior to his death on February 1st. An attorney representing the family says that his forehead and abdomen showed signs that he may have been kicked or stomped.

Wilson's mother, Dr. D. Pulane Lucas, says that officials have told her that her son had collapsed and fallen out of a chair while he was being taken in at the hospital, however, their lawyer says that the evidence they have looked at shows a "stark contrast to what we've been hearing."

The family has brought forward three claims, one on behalf of his mother, one for his father, and one for his estate, with the lawsuits asking for over $45 million in damages stemming from his death.

"The County has grossly misrepresented the cause and circumstances of Stanley Wilson Jr.'s death," their attorney said.

Wilson Jr., who was drafted out of Stanford University in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft, played several seasons with the Detroit Lions before being forced to end his career earlier due to an Achilles injury.

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