According to reports, former NFL TE for the New England Patriots, Aaron Hernandez was found to have been suffering from one of the most severe cases of CTE seen in someone at his young age.
Aaron Hernandez’s lawyer, Jose Baez says testing from Boston University showed that Hernandez’s brain showed signs of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
CTE has been linked with repeated concussions and involves brain damage particularly in the frontal region of the brain that controls many functions including judgment, emotion, impulse control, social behavior and memory.
The Patriots released Hernandez in 2013, shortly after he was arrested for the killing of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison; the conviction was voided because he died before his appeals were exhausted, though that decision is itself being appealed.
Aaron Hernandez killed himself inside of his jail cell in April. A week before his suicide, Hernandez was acquitted in a 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston.
A recent study found evidence of the disease in 110 of 111 former NFL players whose brains were examined.
The Hernandez family is reportedly planning to Sue the New England Patriots after learning the news.