Hernandez in court docket in 2013.
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Aaron Hernandez, the previous NFL participant who killed himself in prison after being convicted of homicide, suffered from stage three power traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative mind illness referred to as CTE that’s related to athletes who obtain repeated blows to the pinnacle, his household's lawyer stated Thursday.
Legal professional Jorge Baez stated researchers decided Hernandez had “probably the most extreme case they’d ever seen in somebody of Aaron’s age.”
Hernandez was 27 when he hanged himself in a Massachusetts jail cell in April. The previous New England Patriots participant was serving a life sentence for the 2013 killing of semi-pro soccer participant Odin Lloyd, the boyfriend of his fiancée's sister.
Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts federal court docket towards the Patriots and the NFL on Thursday, claiming the soccer organizations knew in regards to the dangers of CTE.
“Aaron had stage three CTE often seen in gamers with a median age of loss of life of 67 years,” the lawsuit reads.
“By the point Aaron entered the NFL, in 2010, Defendants had been absolutely conscious of the injury that might be inflicted from repetitive influence harm and didn’t disclose, deal with, or shield him from the hazards of such injury,” the lawsuit reads.
The lawsuit alleges Hernandez “succumbed to the signs of CTE” when he killed himself, depriving the couple's daughter of companionship with Hernandez.
Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez together with her daughter in April.
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Hernandez is among the youngest former NFL gamers to have been discovered to have CTE — a degenerative mind illness that may solely be identified after an individual's loss of life.
In July, researchers at Boston College released outcomes of a research, which confirmed that they discovered CTE within the brains of 110 of the 111 former NFL gamers they studied.
Baez, the legal professional, stated Hernandez's mind was examined by Dr. Anne McKfee, a professor of pathology and neurology at Boston College.
Throughout Thursday's press convention, Baez stated that the previous soccer participant's household had seen some conduct adjustments in him, however he stated it might have been unimaginable for the participant's fiancée to attribute the adjustments to mind illness versus “somebody who is just agitated.”
“She doesn't have coaching in mind accidents,” Baez stated of Jenkins-Hernandez. “It's not one thing she would have have been capable of decide up on.”
The NFL and New England Patriots didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.