New findings have revealed that former NFL football star, Aaron Hernandez, was suffering from a severe form of the degenerative brain disease CTE at the time of his suicide. According to McKee's analysis, Hernandez was found to have Stage 3 CTE, which is commonly associated with cognitive and memory loss, as well as behavioral changes and impaired judgment.
The number or type of hits to the head needed to trigger CTE is still unknown, the center says, noting that other factors, such as genetics, may play a role in the development of the disease, but "these other factors are not yet understood".
The NFL said that they will contest the lawsuit and that Hernandez is ineligible to sue the organization for concussion-related injury because he did not opt out of a previous concussion class-action settlement with the league. Jose Baez, Attorney for Hernandez family, saying: "Not only were the results positive, but we're told that it was the most severe case for someone of Aaron's age". The studies being done by Dr. Ann McKee and the other neurologists in the VA Boston Healthcare System clearly show that CTE, which can only be diagnosed posthumously, runs rampant specifically in football players, boxers, former members of the military and others who have been subjected to repeated head trauma.
The Patriots have yet to comment on the lawsuit.
"The phenomenon of CTE has been there since times of gladiators", Giliberto said.
It made this fact finally seem real: CTE isn't something looming in the distance for linebackers who played for 20 years or guys who gutted it out in the gladiator days of the 1970's and 80's.
"If we knew more about it", he said.
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"I think "fight vigorously" is clear", he said. His name had also come up in an investigation into a shooting.
Balsam, the former N.F.L. lawyer, suggested that Baez, through the suit, is hoping for the remainder of Hernandez's $40 million contract extension he signed in 2012.
Forget for a minute that Hernandez was a troubled young man mired in legal trouble that included the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013.
In three seasons with the Patriots, Hernandez joined Rob Gronkowski to form one of the most potent tight end duos in National Football League history.
Hernandez, who was 27 when he died in Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Lancaster, Massachusetts, on April 19, was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft following a career at the University of Florida where he was named an All-American.