Tsarnaev was an amateur boxer who won the New England Golden Gloves competition as recently as 2009 and 2010. That speaks to a young man with a healthy sense of discipline and focus, and if he had a violent streak, it was violence well-channeled. But his sport of choice suggests the possibility of something else too: traumatic brain injury. As the National Football League and other pro sports increasingly reckon with the early dementia, mental health issues, suicides and even criminal behavior of former players, the risk of what’s known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), is becoming clear. ...
It was inevitable, then that questions would be raised about whether Tsarnaev’s brain may have been similarly traumatized during the years he boxed, and if there had indeed been damage, did that spark his murderous behavior? The answer is a likely yes to the first part and a likely no to the second.
Kluger writes that is was 'inevitable ... that questions would be raised' about the possibility that his injured boxing brain led to his terrorist rampage.
Yet, in a Google search for "Boston bomber boxing" the only person 'raising' those concerns appears to be Time Magazine and co-owned CNN, who uses Kluger's script for their
He also answers his own question that it's "likely a no" that his boxing brain sparked his murderous behavior, yet goes on to write a 900-word story about the possibility that it is.