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Aaron Hernandez Fiancee Sues Patriots & NFL ... Over CTE Claims

Aaron Hernandez Fiancee Sues Patriots & NFL ... Over CTE Claims

Hernandez was found not guilty on double homicide charges in April.

"Aaron Hernandez had an advanced, stage 3 of CTE, which is normally found in the median age of a 67-year-old man", Baez said.

Baez cited study results compiled by the Boston University CTE Center, which examined Hernandez's brain for the neurodegenerative brain disease. Hernandez's lawyer said Thursday Hernandez's brain showed severe signs of the degenerative brain disease CTE.

Aaron Hernandez's family has filed a federal lawsuit against the National Football League and the New England Patriots after tests on the former player brain revealed a "severe case" of brain trauma. However, those results should not be assumed to extrapolate across the full population of football players; the brains the center receives are usually donations from families who suspected CTE while the person was alive.

Relatives of the 27-year-old former athlete had asked that his brain be tested for CTE after his body was found hanging in a MA prison where he was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of an acquaintance.

A fourth-round draft pick in 2010, Hernandez was a dynamic offensive weapon for the Patriots when he was healthy, but trouble had long followed him, and it seemed to intensify over the final few years of his brief, tormented life.

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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. Behavioral symptoms of people found to have CTE have included depression, emotional instability, anger and violence, and memory loss.

The examination of Hernandez's brain showed "early brain atrophy and large perforations in the septum pellucidum, a central membrane", the center announced in a release. His name had also come up in an investigation into a shooting.

Hernandez was convicted in 2015 in the murder of Odin Lloyd.

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.

A week before his suicide, Hernandez was acquitted in the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston.


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