Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Aaron Hernandez--former New England Patriot--had signs of brain trauma

Aaron Hernandez--former New England Patriot--had signs of brain trauma

Hernandez's brain was sent to Boston University's CTE center, considered the most comprehensive research lab for the degenerative brain disease.

Hernandez was found to have hanged himself in his prison cell April 19, shortly after being found not guilty of a double homicide.

A lawyer for Hernandez, Jose Baez, in announcing the result at a news conference Thursday, said researchers determined it was "the most severe case they had ever seen in someone of Aaron's age", which was 27. It can only be diagnosed after death, through an analysis of the structure of the brain. Families of several National Football League players who have committed suicide or died through other violent acts have donated the players' brains in an effort to determine whether there is a link between brain damage and the violent collisions on the field.

Baez said at the time that the family hoped Hernandez's brain could be examined to help future athletes and to shed any more light on his client's death.

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Hernandez's fiancé, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, filed a lawsuit in MA federal court against the Patriots and the NFL on Thursday, claiming the football organizations knew about the risks of CTE. It 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. 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 murdered semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in June 2013.

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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