New facts have emerged following the jail suicide of Aaron Hernandez. Autopsy reports state he suffered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) – a degenerative brain disease.
The former NFL and New England Patriots player also had serious brain atrophy and a large portion of his central membrane was very perforated. Now, the former football player’s daughter, Avielle Janelle Hernandez,is suing both the NFL and his former team, the New England Patriots.
Famous prisoner Aaron Hernandez enjoyed a rewarding NFL career that even won him a $40 million contract.
According to a lawsuit filed at the federal court in Boston, Hernandez’s lawyer Jose Baez claims that the NFL and the Patriots team prevented Avielle Hernandez from spending time with her father.
Hernandez’s Death Linked with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Hernandez was arrested and sentenced to life in prison for killing Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player. At the time, Lloyd was Hernandez’s sister.
The sentence of life in prison was being appealed by attorney Baez. But, Hernandez committed suicide in jail before the appeal could scale through. Aaron’s prison suicide has now been linked to his degenerative brain disease, known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
According to the director of the CTE Center in Boston University, Dr. Ann McKee, Hernandez had stage 3 out of the total of 4 stages of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. This is supposedly what led to his prison suicide.
This condition is caused by constant physical blows to the head. CTE causes:
- Terrible mood swings
- Severe cognitive problems
- Other symptoms that could be suicidal
NFL To pay $1 Billion Damage to Players’ Families Following CTE Discoveries
Brain concussions are common among football players. They can lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy. These players suffer damage in the part of the brain that controls:
It is only through an autopsy that CTE can be detected. Out of 111 former NFL players whose brains were scanned for CTE, about 110 were found to reveal evidence of the brain degenerative disease.
To this extent, the NFL was slammed with a $1 billion lawsuit settlement for families of NFL players that suffer brain damage while in the field of play.
The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl and went to the White House to celebrate. But, the celebrations had been soured with news of Hernandez’s prison suicide which had been announced earlier to the team.