Aaron Hernandez's family suing Patriots, NFL over CTE findings


Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player who died by suicide in prison in April, had a severe form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, more commonly known as CTE.

Aaron Hernandez's fiancée Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez is suing the New England Patriots and the National Football League, claiming the tight end suffered from one of the most severe cases of CTE ever, TMZ reports.

Baez is claiming that researchers are calling it the most severe case of CTE ever discovered in a person of Hernandez's age.

Jose Baez, a lawyer for Hernandez, is now scheduled to hold a news conference on Thursday revealing the diagnosis.

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Hernandez's Stage III CTE is usually seen in players with a median age of death of 67 years, says the suit, filed in Boston federal court. The disease can only be diagnosed posthumously.

In a statement released by Boston University, the researchers who examined Hernandez's brain released an image and explained what they found. Behavioral symptoms of people found to have CTE have included depression, emotional instability, anger and violence, and memory loss. CTE is also associated with a propensity for violence, as with former Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who murdered his girlfriend and then committed suicide in the parking lot of the team's facility. The question is whether the NFL can be held responsible for the CTE findings, considering Hernandez also played high school football in CT before taking on a starring role with the University of Florida. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2010. "I mean, I've been doing this for 20-odd years, nearly 30 years, and this brain was so different", she said.

Players whose careers concluded before July 2014 "gave up the right to sue the NFL Parties" unless they opted out, according to the settlement. At the same time he was on trial for Lloyd's murder, Hernandez was indicted in a double-homicide that occurred in 2012.