A controversy finally has a resolution. Sydney Seau, the daughter of the late NFL star Junior Seau, will get a chance to speak at the induction ceremony for her father as he enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame next weekend in Canton, Ohio.
Per FOX Sports, it won’t be a full speech, but rather a chance to give her thoughts on the ceremony:
Sydney will be given the chance to participate in an on-stage interview conducted after the unveiling of Seau’s bust. The Hall also has invited Sydney and Seau’s three sons to unveil his bust on stage. Normally, the unveiling is only done by the presenter and enshrinee.
The Hall will continue to uphold its rule calling for only a video presentation of a posthumous inductee that includes the presenter’s speech. However, the Hall has taped a 6 1/2-minute highlight video of Seau’s 20-year NFL career that includes comments from Sydney. The normal highlight video lasts three minutes.
Sydney also will be participating in the Thursday night “Gold Jacket” ceremony that marks the first major Hall event of the week. She will be given the chance to make remarks during the NFL Network telecast.
The move came after many were up in arms over what they thought was the Hall trying to silence the Seau family from speaking out over how brain damage suffered during his career may have helped lead to his 2012 suicide. The family has filed a lawsuit against the NFL regarding that subject.