(NFL) Former New England Patriots Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which has been linked to head trauma. According to researchers. His lawyer announced a lawsuit against the NFL and the team, accusing them of hiding the true dangers of the sport.
Before Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in jail last April, his brain had already begun to deteriorate significantly a result of severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
A statement from Boston University’s CTE Center, the 27-year-old former football player “had early brain atrophy and large perforations in the septum pellucidum, a central membrane.”
In other words, his brain had started to shrink and there were holes in the membrane that divides the two cerebral hemispheres.
Boston University determined that Hernandez’s Stage 3 CTE was unusually severe for a 27-year-old. “CTE is associated with aggressiveness, explosiveness, impulsivity, depression, memory loss and other cognitive changes,” the University said in the statement.
“Aaron Hernandez’s advanced stage 3 of CTE is normally found in the median age of a 67-year-old man,” Hernandez family attorney Jose Baez had stated.