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HBO: Ex-Buc Scot Brantley battling Alzheimer’s, claim denied by NFL

Tonight's "Real Sports" episode says former Bucs player and Tampa radio host hasn't gotten any money from NFL concussion settlement.
Former Bucs linebacker Scot Brantley, shown in 1982, is battling Alzheimer's Disease and has had his concussion settlement claim rejected by the NFL, according to HBO. [Times files (1982)]
Former Bucs linebacker Scot Brantley, shown in 1982, is battling Alzheimer's Disease and has had his concussion settlement claim rejected by the NFL, according to HBO. [Times files (1982)]
Published May 22, 2018
Updated May 22, 2018

Former Gators and Bucs linebacker Scot Brantley, also once a popular sports radio host in Tampa, is battling Alzheimer's Disease and has been rejected from the NFL's concussion settlement, according to tonight's episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel."

Brantley, 60, played for the Bucs from 1980-87 and spent years in sports radio in the market. His wife, Mary, told HBO that Brantley was diagnosed with dementia in 2012 and Alzheimer's but. like many players, has been denied in the NFL's settlement.

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"If they were in front of me, I'd say, 'You're a liar, because this is a legitimate claim,'" Mary Brantley said in response to the NFL saying no legitimate claims have been rejected. "And I'm sure there are many other people who have been denied."

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According to the show, Brantley needs a walker to move around and cannot do most normal activities by himself, needing his wife's assistance. Asked on camera how old he is, Brantley said 50, needing to be corrected. His wife said he has hallucinations, hears imaginary sounds and is unable to work to help pay expensive medical bills.

The episode will air on HBO tonight at 10 p.m.