Hernandez had severe CTE; daughter sues NFL, Patriots

Hernandez had severe CTE; daughter sues NFL, Patriots

Hernandez's family announced the news late Thursday that Hernandez, who was serving a life term without parole for a murder conviction in a MA jail, had Stage 3 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Brain scans after his death show Hernandez had a "severe case" of the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE - often caused by repeated blows to the head.

In light of the new CTE evidence, Hernandez family attorney Jose Baez filed a lawsuit on Thursday in the U.S. District Court claiming that the National Football League and the New England Patriots had failed to protect their players' safety, leading to the disease that deprived Hernandez's 4-year-old daughter, Avielle, of her father.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Boston on behalf of Hernandez's 4-year-old daughter on Thursday. His death stunned his friends and fans, coming just five days after he was acquitted of a separate 2012 double homicide.

The CTE Center statement added that he had "severe deposition of tau protein in the frontal lobes of the brain" as well as a "deposition of tau protein in nerve cells around small blood vessels, a unique feature of CTE".

"We're told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of Aaron's age", attorney Jose Baez said.

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It was revealed Thursday Aaron Hernandez had stage three of four CTE. 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. It seeks $20 million in damages for loss of parental support.

The league, though, says the lawsuit is flawed. So, in theory, Baez could argue that because Hernandez technically is no longer guilty of murder, the Patriots should repay his family the money he did not receive.

Hernandez, who was 27 when he died in Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Lancaster, Massachusetts, on April 19, was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft following a career at the University of Florida where he was named an All-American.

In an account published in July, McKee reported finding CTE in the brains of all but one of 111 ex-NFL players studied.

"Everyone, including and especially his family, is deeply troubled by this whole thing", Baez said with Jenkins-Hernandez beside him, as reported by the Boston Globe. However, regardless of your age, there's still risk factors to be aware of if you're an athlete playing in a high impact sport. We still know very little about CTE as a degenerative disease, and we know even less about how to prevent it or treat it.

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