Aaron Hernandez, the now deceased New England Patriots player who died by suicide in prison in April of 2017, had a severe form of brain damage called, CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy).
Jose Baez – the football professional’s attorney – during a press conference today said scientists who specialize in brain damage revealed it was the “most severe case they had ever seen” in someone of his age.
Aaron was just 27-years-old when he passed away this year. The examination was performed by Doctor Ann McKee who revealed that the former tight end’s brain had the most severe form of CTE: Stage IV.
The degenerative brain disease can only be exposed after the person’s death, and since its discovery, the illness has been discovered in more than a 100 former NFL players.
Jose announced on Thursday that Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, filed a lawsuit against Aaron’s former employer, the New England Patriots as well as the NFL for the sake of their four-year-old daughter, Avielle.
Their suit claims the NFL, as well as the Patriots, were more than aware of the severity of damage that could be done due to football.
In recent years, scientists discovered that football causes brain damage in a majority of the athletes due to repetitive impact injuries.
Their suit alleges the NFL and the Patriots did nothing to protect him, despite having knowledge of the risk of injury. The deceased football player was released from the team back in 2013 after he was arrested for killing Odin Lloyd. As a result, the courts hit Aaron with charges of first-degree murder leading to life in prison and no chance of parole.