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Aaron Hernandez Found to Have 'Severe' CTE

23 September, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Aaron Hernandez Found To Have Had CTE

Following his death, Hernandez's lawyers had a "heated battle" with the Suffolk County Medical Examiner's office, attorney Jose Baez said on Thursday, for Hernandez's brain, so that it could be studied by the Boston University CTE Center.

"We're told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of Aaron's age", Baez said.

According to the New York Times, Hernandez is the most recent National Football League player to have been diagnosed with CTE after dying by suicide. The effects of C.T.E., a degenerative brain disease, is one of the most controversial topics in professional sports today.

In July, researchers at Boston University released findings that showed that they had found C.T.E.in the brains of 110 of the 111 former N.F.L. players they had examined. Stage III CTE, which Hernandez was diagnosed with, is linked to symptoms including confusion and memory loss.

Serving out a life sentence Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Massachusetts, Hernandez committed suicide this past April.


Researchers at Boston University, the leading centre studying CTE, assessed Hernandez's brain. Five days after that, he hung himself in his prison cell.

The lawsuit is separate from a $1 billion settlement in which the league agreed to pay families of players who suffered brain damage because of repeated head trauma while playing football. Following his death, Hernandez's family sought to figure out whether the former Florida standout was suffering through Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

The NFL and New England Patriots did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"The data have clearly shown us that those teams have fewer dramatic injuries when it comes to concussion, those concussions are recognized earlier and there's a full recovery in those people", he said.

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

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