Medical examiner rules Aaron Hernandez committed suicide; Brain to be tested for CTE

AP

The Worcester County District Attorney’s office has released a report regarding the death of Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday morning.

Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet tied to a window in his cell early on Wednesday and, after conducting an autopsy, the chief medical examiner has ruled that he committed suicide. Per the report, via Bob McGovern of the Boston Herald, there were no signs of struggle, Hernandez had blocked entry to his room by jamming cardboard into the door tracks and there were three notes left next to a bible in the cell.

Hernandez’s attorney Jose Baez said Wednesday that he would conduct his own investigation into the circumstances of Hernandez’s death because “there were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible.” Baez also said Thursday that Massachusetts authorities were “holding Aaron Hernandez’s brain illegally” and that Hernandez’s family want it donated to Boston University to be tested for CTE.

The D.A.’s statement said the medical examiner withheld Hernandez’s brain when he returned the body to the family on Wednesday pending the determination of the cause of death. Now that it has been determined, they will release the brain to the school for study.

24 responses to “Medical examiner rules Aaron Hernandez committed suicide; Brain to be tested for CTE

  1. There are a lot of emotionally volatile, forgetful and irrational people in the world who have never been in a football game.

    Until they start testing Joe Schmo for CTE… we don’t know if CTE is naturally occurring or only happens to people that have played contact sports.

    Until then; all these studies prove is that individuals that they suspected had CTE did or did not have CTE.

  2. audio2sell says:
    Apr 20, 2017 4:45 PM
    CTE will be used to excuse his behavior.
    Sad.

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    CTE will be used by that money grubbing, sheister attorney to extract as much money as possible from the NFL and New England Patriots. That is the only reason he’s clawing and scratching for that brain.

  3. audio2sell says:
    Apr 20, 2017 4:45 PM
    CTE will be used to excuse his behavior.
    Sad.

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    Doesn’t excuse, but might explain it. Nothing excuses murdering three people, but if he is found to have CTE, the NFL will have a huge problem on their hands.

    Hopefully OJ gets his brain examined once he dies. That would be the nail in the coffin if he does have CTE

  4. How about him not being disciplined as a kid, being a bully, always in trouble in school and college and football and they want to blame this on something. He was a prick who killed three people. The jury didn’t find him innocent they found him not guilty due to lack of evidence.

  5. I don’t know what people in this thread are getting up in arms about. It would be helpful to know if he had CTE so that the disease and its potential consequences can be better understood. People getting hung up on “blame” are missing the point.

  6. CTE? Are you kidding? CTE has caused a lot of people to be self-destructive, but not hurting other people the way this guy has since he was a teenager.

    As CC would say… C’mon man!!!!

  7. JaminJake says:
    Hopefully OJ gets his brain examined once he dies. That would be the nail in the coffin if he does have CTE.

    The nail in what coffin?
    Countless murderers have never set foot on a football field — let alone an NFL football field — while the vast majority of former NFL players that have been diagnosed with brain issues never harmed anyone after they left the game. The few that have generally harmed themselves.
    I’d bet money that if you examined the brains of every deceased person over the age of 25 you’d find tons of evidence of CTE in people who never played the game, at least not beyond high school.
    CTE is real, it’s serious, and it can mostly certainly be an underlying issue in any single case of murder. But it’s also possible to have CTE and be a murdering a-hole, with no evidence of cause-and-effect. Good luck proving which instance is which.
    If we were to find out tomorrow that either Aaron Hernandez or O.J. Simpson suffered from CTE then yes, the NFL would have a temporary PR problem on its hands. It would soon pass, just as most of the NFL’s other PR problems seem to do.

  8. Screw Aaron Hernandez and his attorney. It’s hard to take him serious in his attempt to seek justice for a murderer when he had no concern about justice for Kaylee Anthony.

  9. guyljr says:
    Apr 20, 2017 5:11 PM
    First I’ve heard of any notes being found, I wonder if that’s accurate.

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    The report is accurate. It was part of the autopsy report where the ME determined Hernandez committed suicide. There were 3 notes: 1 note addressed to the general public, the other 2 notes were addressed to unnamed individuals.

  10. Anything Dr. Kervorkian Baez says has to be looked at with a jaundiced eye. Either Baez is a lousy attorney if he DIDN’T bring the ramifications and perfect-timingness of a quick death to Hernandez’s attention or he’s a despicable degenerate for making Hernandez aware AND facilitating that option to come to pass. He probably relishes the latter description.
    Even with CTE, I don’t believe that issue will be sufficiently clarified for Hernandez to be able to hold either the NFL or the Patriots responsible. Not enough is known about the onset of CTE for Hernandez to be given the benefit that CTE contributed to his behavior or that it only developed after joining the NFL.

    At this point, Baez is already going to get a windfall. Assets that were held pending the results of the appeal will now be released, allowing Baez to be paid. And he will go after whatever low hanging fruit there is resulting from the very timely demise of his client. And he has ensured that there is a lot.

  11. The only reason I can see for his attorney’s actions post-suicide is the hope that he can get someone to pay money to Aaron’s estate so he can get paid for the recent acquittal.

  12. guyljr says:
    Apr 20, 2017 5:11 PM

    First I’ve heard of any notes being found, I wonder if that’s accurate.
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    hahaha .. we got a detective here!

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