This is going to have conspiracy theorists going nuts. Aaron Hernandez, who committed suicide while serving a life sentence for murder, showed signs of advanced CTE in his brain.
Hernandez’s fiancee is suing the NFL, and all the tea is spilling.
Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL star who took his life while serving a murder sentence in prison, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy — commonly known as CTE — attorney Jose Baez said Thursday.
Baez cited study results compiled by the Boston University CTE Center, which examined Hernandez’s brain for the neurodegenerative brain disease.Hernandez played for the New England Patriots from 2010 to 2012 after a standout collegiate career at the University of Florida.According to a statement from BU, Hernandez’s brain was examined by Dr. Ann McKee, director of the CTE Center. The neurodegenerative brain disease has Alzheimer’s-like symptoms, including memory loss, confusion, aggression, rage and, at times, suicidal behavior. It is believed to result from repeated trauma to the head, which results in a buildup of the abnormal protein tau that clumps in the brain.
Hernandez was just 27 when he reportedly hanged himself in prison in April.
On Thursday (Sept. 21), Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, Hernandez’s fiancee, filed a federal lawsuit against the NFL and the New England Patriots and she is seeking $20M in damages.