While playing football, Aaron Hernandez is reported to have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Hernandez’s family plans to file a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the New England Patriots and the NFL because of it.
On April 19, Hernandez, 27, committed suicide while in prison. He was serving a life sentence in connection to a murder case.
Reasons for Lawsuit Against the New England Patriots & the NFL
Health officials performed an autopsy then took his brain for examination at Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center.
For quite some time, the researchers at the institution have been examining traumatic brain injuries and their possible connections to football.
Now, as attorney Jose Baez puts it, the results show that Hernandez was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). According to experts, CTE is a degenerative brain disease which has been associated with head trauma.
This has led the family of Aaron Hernandez to file a lawsuit against the New England Patriots and the NFL.
Number of NFL Players Who Have Been Victims of CTE
Hernandez is not the first player to have suffered from this complication. Dozens of the former NFL players have been diagnosed with CTE. There was even a movie released “Concussion” that depicted the severity and occurrences of CTE in football players.
In July, Boston University experts published study findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The journal claimed that CTE complications were detected in 99% of brains sourced from the National Football League players.
CTE can’t be diagnosed in the living subjects.
It is only realized during autopsies. Many former NFL players—including Junior Seau—were diagnosed with CTE after committing suicide. The medical officers who operated Hernandez found that the former footballer was not just suffering from CTE.
His case was the most critical one that they have ever diagnosed in the football players of Hernandez’s age. Usually, CTE has only four stages. And surprisingly, as young as at 27, Aaron Hernandez was suffering from a stage 3.
How CTE Affected Hernandez’s Life
Hernandez’s family believes that the CTE was contributing to some of the footballer’s behaviors.
Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in prison by hanging himself using a bed sheet. The prison death came just five days following his acquittal of the double murder accusations.
Hernandez was believed to have killed two men in 2012, outside a nightclub in Boston. Hernandez was in prison serving a life prison sentence for this.
The murder which was said to have occurred in 2013, involved Hernandez’s sister’s boyfriend, Odin Lloyd. The footballer was therefore not suitable for parole.
Baez says that CTE can explain much why those who still insist that Hernandez was innocent of the murders, might be wrong. This is because impulsiveness is one of the symptoms of CTE.
Other Symptoms of CTE complications can include:
- Diminished impulse control,
- Memory loss,
- Impaired cognitive skills
- Suicidal tendencies.
Baez insists that it’s undoubtedly that playing football is the cause of CTE cases. He recommends that football authorities should have to account for the losses. The loss is particularly huge for Hernandez’s daughter, whom Baez argues, will grow up without a dad just because of the NFL’s negligence.
The NFL, as well as the New England Patriots, didn’t respond to the allegations immediately. Hernandez’s conviction for murdering Lloyd was automatically voided when he committed suicide in prison.
Now, his family is determined to seek justice for Aaron by lawsuit against the New England Patriots and the National Football League.