Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Aaron Hernandez Had 'Severe' CTE

Aaron Hernandez Had 'Severe' CTE

The family of former New England Patriots tight end and accused murderer Aaron Hernandez is suing the National Football League after it's been discovered that Hernandez suffered from the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Baez said that researchers identified Hernandez's condition as "the most severe case they had ever seen in someone of Aaron's age".

Jose Baez, a lawyer for Hernandez, announced Thursday the football player's estate filed a federal lawsuit against the National Football League and the Patriots organization for failing to protect the CT native from brain injuries, per Ken Belson of the New York Times.

Experts found Hernandez, who was 27 when he died, had stage three CTE-a degenerative disease found in people with repeated head trauma, including football players. As the Times noted, the disease has been found in more than 100 former N.F.L. players and is only detectable posthumously.

The examination, which was performed by Boston University CTE Center director Dr. Ann McKee, showed that the former tight end's brain had stage III CTE.

Researchers At Boston University Found Signs Of CTE In Aaron Hernandez’s Brain
Source Boston University

"The neurodegenerative brain disease has Alzheimer's-like symptoms, including memory loss, confusion, aggression, rage and, at times, suicidal behaviour", CNN reports.

Hernandez committed suicide in his prison cell in April even though he had recently been found not guilty in a double-homicide case.

A judge this year vacated that conviction, because Hernandez had not exhausted all his avenues of appeal by the time he died, a move allowed by a quirk in MA law.

It was announced in April that Hernandez's brain would be donated to CTE research. Baez said Thursday he does not expect that the results of the brain study would have any impact on that. That being said, plenty of people will wonder if Hernandez's CTE diagnosis helps explain that murder of Lloyd and especially his own suicide. The family plans to file legal action against the NFL for not bringing more attention to the disorder in the league. In a July survey of her findings, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, McKee revealed that she's examined the brains of 111 ex-NFL players and found CTE in 110 of them. "We considered arguing this before, but it is hard because of the limited tests available", says Baez.

On the flip side, no one forced Hernandez to play football.

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