National Football League vows to fight Hernandez lawsuit 'vigorously'

Taylor Byrd
September 25, 2017

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. He was 27 years old.

The number or type of hits to the head needed to trigger CTE is still unknown, the center says, noting that other factors, such as genetics, may play a role in the development of the disease, but "these other factors are not yet understood". The lawsuit claims the New England Patriots and league deprived Avielle Hernandez of the companionship of her father. Hernandez was acquitted of the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado five days before his suicide. That being said, plenty of people will wonder if Hernandez's CTE diagnosis helps explain that murder of Lloyd and especially his own suicide.

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".

Bill Belichick wasn't interested in discussing the latest revelation about CTE's impact on football, even if the subject was his former employee.

A lawyer for his family called it "the most severe case they had ever seen in someone of Aaron's age".

By most measures, Aaron Hernandez did not come off to the public as a sympathetic figure. In his second season, which took place in 2011, Hernandez was given a $40 million contract. The suit seeks $20 million.

"The Boston University neuropathy report also notes that Aaron's CTE pathology was unusually severe considering his age", according to the lawsuit.

The NFL spends considerable time and resources every year to reassure anxious parents that it's OK to let their kids play football at the youth level. Hernandez's brain was addled, and he'd played just three seasons in the National Football League - under rules that were far more protective than they were just a decade prior.

"Everyone, including and especially his family, is deeply troubled by this whole thing", Baez told reporters at an afternoon news conference on Thursday. The league might also argue that Hernandez knew there was a risk he could be injured playing in the N.F.L., particularly because he had played the game for more than a decade before he was drafted.

"Even though there has been speculation about behavioral changes due to CTE, no one has proven any correlation", said Dr. Anthony G. Alessi, associate clinical professor of neurology and orthopedics at UConn Health.

"If we have to be groundbreakers in this area, it's something we're prepared to do", he said.

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