Doctors Say Aaron Hernandez Had Worst Case Of CTE They've Ever Seen
The effects on the brain after football have been a hot topic of investigation over the last decade.
Through science, the dangers of the game have been able to be quantified more than ever.
After former NFL player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez killed himself, his brain was also studied as many NFL players will be after they die. Doctors couldn't believe how severe his case of CTE was at such a young age.
Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee is suing both the Patriots and the NFL, according to multiple reports.Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez’s lawsuit claims that the severe CTE suffered during his career led him to commit suicide while imprisoned.“Aaron had stage 3 CTE usually seen in players with a median age of death of 67 years,” she says in the suit.The Times reports that Hernandez’s lawyer says doctors determined his client to have “the most severe case they had ever seen in someone of Aaron’s age” of 27.The TMZ report also says Jenkins-Hernandez is claiming that both the NFL and Patriots knew about the link between CTE and suicide, but that they failed to warn Hernandez about it.Jenkins-Hernandez says they “were fully aware of the damage that could be inflicted from repetitive impact injuries and failed to disclose, treat or protect him from the dangers of such damage."His suicide came shortly after being found not guilty of a double homicide. Hernandez had already been serving a life setence after being found guilty in a separate murder case of Odin Lloyd, but he was appealing the decision. -(Zachary Ripple, NY Daily News)
They're going to have to make a movie about this entire story one day.