Aaron Hernandez had 'severe' stage 3 CTE, researchers say

Beth Cruz
September 25, 2017

Researchers at Boston University's CTE Center revealed Thursday that Aaron Hernandez was found to have stage 3 of the degenerative brain disease, and the National Football League should be shaking in its boots.

But with the post-mortem medical announcement, Baez has apparently found a promising way to turn Hernandez into a sympathetic figure by redirecting the blame to the NFL. According to Baez, Hernandez showed signs of memory loss and aggression (an understatement) that could be attributed to CTE. He was acquitted earlier this year of two other murder charges stemming from a 2012 incident.

Much remains to be discovered about CTE but doctors say it's safe to assume that it's a disease most likely developed by professional athletes who have spent years playing their game.

Baez was accompanied by Shayanna Jenkins, Hernandez's long-time fiancée and said the lawsuit is on behalf of Hernandez's daughter.

A lawyer for his family called it "the most severe case they had ever seen in someone of Aaron's age".

The study results released Thursday from Boston Unversity CTE Center also showed Hernandez suffered from early brain atrophy and had large perforations in his septum pellucidum, a major membrane in the brain associated with cognitive development. A spokesman for the Patriots did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Hernandez was a once prominent football player who was convicted of murder.

This isn't the first time Belichick has deflected questions about CTE.

The classic features of CTE in the brain of Mr. Hernandez.

"If we knew more about it", he said.

"The N.F.L.is making clear on every level that they want to take the General Patton approach as long as possible and make it as expensive and challenging for anyone who tries to fight them in court", Sohn said. His name had also come up in an investigation into a shooting.

Whether or not Baez and the Hernandez family choose scenario one or two will likely come down to the prosecutors' ability to establish causation from the NFL, which will be hard since Hernandez only played in the league for three years (38 games). In 2011, his second season, Hernandez caught 79 passes for 910 yards and seven touchdowns to help the team reach the Super Bowl, and he was rewarded with a $40 million contract.

Hernandez, who was 27 when he died in Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Lancaster, Massachusetts, on April 19, was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft following a career at the University of Florida where he was named an All-American. He was found guilty in 2015 of murdering acquaintance Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near his home.

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