Doctor Bennet Omalu, who discovered CTE in NFL players, resigns
The California doctor who inspired the film ‘Concussion’ has resigned because he says his local sheriff has interfered in death investigations.
Doctor Bennet Omalu (below), San Joaquin County’s chief medical examiner, announced his resignation today.
He writes: ‘Recently, I became frigidly afraid that in continuing to work under the circumstances Sheriff Steve Moore has created in his office that I may be aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine,’ the Sacramento Bee reports.
He continues: ‘The law does not allow him to insert himself in the duties of a physician unless he is a licensed physician.’
Omalu has alleged that Moore, who is both the sheriff and coroner of San Joaquin County, has cut the hands off of corpses and blocked scheduled pay raises.
Moore told radio station KQED that he would order the hands be removed so they could be sent for fingerprinting, when the body is too decomposed to identify.