With the recent conviction of Jerry Sandusky on numerous sex crimes, some questions have been raised about what role football and head trauma plays in the suspected commission of criminal sexual conduct. There has been some evidence that indicates that a football player who suffers from chronic traumatic encephalopathy may have lowered inhibitions, meaning he or she may be more likely to commit a sexual assault that he may not have otherwise committed. Though certainly not all football players will end up committing a sexual assault, it is thought that traumatic brain injuries may make it harder for individuals to resist sexual urges that they had previously kept at bay.
Many people in Washington, D.C., have been following the Jerry Sandusky case closely since it broke earlier this year. The former assistant football coach has been charged with 52 charges of child sexual abuse, though one charge was recently dropped. But a psychologist recently testified that Jerry Sandusky has a histrionic personality disorder, which could explain the charges that have been leveled against him.