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September 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In preparation for his role as Dr. Bennet Omalu, who courted controversy with his study of brain injuries among professional football players, Will Smith met with the doctor at his Lodi home this week, Sacramento TV station KCRA reported on Tuesday. At a local restaurant, the Wine and Roses, the two discussed the upcoming movie Game Brain, produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, which tells how the NFL attempted to discredit Omalu’s research. At the time, Omalu was a forensic pathologist based in Pittsburgh, who, while working for the Allegheny County coroner’s office, studied the brain of Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster after his death in September 2002 and published his conclusions in the medical journal Neurosurgery. The NFL denied Omalu’s findings and fought disability claims filed by Webster’s family. A federal judge, however, sided with the family. Omalu is currently the coroner of San Joaquin County, CA and a professor at UC-Davis.