Lawyer says Aaron Hernandez had “severe” CTE

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The late Aaron Hernandez, who played three seasons with the Patriots, had a “severe” case of Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy.

Lawyer Jose Baez said that Hernandez’s estate has filed a federal lawsuit against the NFL and the Patriots, arguing that the league was “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.” Baez did not rule out adding the NCAA or the University of Florida as defendants.

Baez may have no choice but to do so, since the case against the NFL and the Patriots may not last very long. Hernandez presumably is bound by the terms of the concussion settlement. Unless he opted out of the class action, his ability to file a lawsuit would have been blocked by the agreement that created a compensation system for former players. Hernandez has not played football since the settlement was reached.

He stopped playing, of course, because he was accused and convicted of murder. Baez successfully defended Hernandez against separate double murder charges, and Hernandez committed suicide not long after that.

The NFL did not immediately respond to the news by contending that Hernandez’s lawsuit is blocked by the settlement.

“We have not seen a copy of the suit and cannot comment at this time,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT by email.

32 responses to “Lawyer says Aaron Hernandez had “severe” CTE

  1. Also, having CTE isn’t proven to be caused by playing football. He could have gotten knocked over the head GOD KNOWS how many times off the field.

    It isn’t a fun life, running with a gang or being a BAD person. This dude deserves less than he has and will get… and this case is a laugher to anyone who lets their morals be decided by their own conscience and not a court of law.

  2. The CTE MAYBE had something to do with his psychotic behavior, but I’m sure the Pyramid of Khufu-sized mountains of angel dust this guy smoked had a lot more to do with it. Even early in his life this dude wanted to live the gangster lifestyle.

  3. Baez did not rule out adding the NCAA or the University of Florida as defendants. Hope he doesn’t forget about his pee wee teams, junior high and high school teams too. Just as well include everyone

  4. There’s been a lot of bashing on this guy, and obviously, he deserves that. At what point though is it not his fault. If you don’t have control of your mind, can you be at fault? I struggle with this one, honestly.

  5. How many studies are there of the interaction between hard drugs and CTE? Can you really ascribe all the brain damage he suffered to football? AH had some pretty rough friends and really went to a bad place after his father died. I wouldn’t doubt that CTE played a role in his behavior, but it seems he sadly had a lot of problems. Is Baez out there working of Hernandez or is Baez out there working for Baez?

  6. Yeah… it’s all the nfl’s fault.

    Sure… the nfl is guilty… but… hernandez was doing stupid things back in college.

  7. It isn’t the Hernandez estate suing, it is his daughter suing by way of the girl’s legal guardian (Herenandez’ babymomma). They are not parties to the CBA or the concussion settlement and not restricted by any of those documents.

  8. Funny how every awful event from former players can be traced to CTE. The many more retired players living a normal, productive life is never discussed.

  9. Sad thing, this CTE. Who can you sue if you’re just born with brain problems? Cuz lots of us Green Bay fans have those symptons. From birth. Yeah, sad thing.

  10. 21st America -where there’s no such thing as personal responsibility and everything is always someone else’s fault. SMH.

  11. A win in court might end the sport as we know it.

    Just wait till the NCAA schools drop football programs to avoid the liability…

  12. It’s stretching it INCREDIBLY FAR to say “he had no control over his mind”. That’s a total cop out. Yeah CTE absolutely has a role in emotions and how they’re processed for some guys, but we don’t see every athlete who played contact sports / fought in combat sports out smoking dust, taking peoples lives and living in states of paranoia.

    Self accountability still has to be an expectation among ourselves. This is not an automatic default blanket excuse for every bad person who also happened to play football.

  13. Long before he ever had a problem with his brain, he had a problem with his gang affiliations and desire to be a tough guy.

    Players with CTE may have temporary anger issues, but Hernandez had a permanent tough-guy, gang-banger issue.

    His lawyer just needs to get paid. And his estate wants to get paid. That’s all this is about.

  14. skolpurp says:
    September 21, 2017 at 5:22 pm
    There’s been a lot of bashing on this guy, and obviously, he deserves that. At what point though is it not his fault. If you don’t have control of your mind, can you be at fault? I struggle with this one, honestly.

    ———–

    That’s ridiculous. He’s a murderer who was stock piling guns and hanging out with gangsters. I don’t care what’s wrong with your brain, it doesn’t make you do any of those things.

    Angel dust might though.

  15. If there’s a Hell, there’s a special corner reserved for shysters like Baez, not just for who they defend but how they do it. I’m sure he makes a ton of money doing it, but does he (and those like him) have ANY conscience? Or did he play football and can blame that on CTE too?

  16. He was only in the NFL for three years but he played football from early childhood. Plus it wont be hard to show he did a lot of fighting in the streets. Its going to be hard to lay the blame on the three year NFL stint. Im sure it contributed, but to collect what they want they need to show this is all because of the NFL and that Hernandez did not bring it on himself over the span of his life.

  17. I have little doubt the CTE he suffered from is legitimate. The issue I have with any attempt to mitigate his murderous behavior is his history. The guy was a sociopath for a long time. I think the suit is junk but I get why his fiance and child filed-gotta survive. The saddest part of this is that the families of his victims have to watch this play out in the news.

  18. hawks4me says:
    September 21, 2017 at 5:21 pm
    Baez did not rule out adding the NCAA or the University of Florida as defendants. Hope he doesn’t forget about his pee wee teams, junior high and high school teams too. Just as well include everyone

    They don’t have any money so they won’t be included. It’s just a money grab.

  19. Keep in mind that he may not be bound by the terms of the concussion class action if the case is made that he was mentally compromised due to the CTE.

  20. The CTE studies will continue to lack true credibility until studies are done on regular folks that never played sports to use them as a comparison. Does Joe the Milkman have CTE? Does Mary the Accountant have CTE? The next 5 years will be interesting to see what improvements can be made to these studies. A way to scan for CTE while a person is alive is a must. However, the same way as people deemed clinically insane can’t always he held responsible for their actions, there are similarities to CTE damage, in that people’s actions can’t be controlled sometimes due to the CTE damage. The brain is the most complex organ ever to exist, and we know very little about its overall structure/function.

  21. Unless they had his brain examined post-humously, won’t this be hard to prove? I mean, I unlike fans worried about their entertainment being taken away, I do believe CTE is real. You have to be able to prove it somehow though, or everyone who wants money will claim CTE and hurt those who are actually suffering with it.

  22. Ignoring that nobody will want to give Hernandez’s estate a dime on principle, this case will be near impossible to prove. Hernandez only played in the NFL for three seasons, which is as much time as he spent playing in college and one year less than he spent playing in high school. Plus, his known drug use and gang involvement…it will be impossible to say his time in the NFL and not any of the other sources caused the CTE. And to the extent Baez tries to claim the CTE influenced his behavior in killing Odin Lloyd…Hernandez is presumed to have shot up a car while at UF, and probably killed two people in 2012 after only one year in the league. The fact that he was acquitted does not mean that evidence can’t be presented in a civil case. He has always had a violent, murderous streak. Plus the concussion settlement likely covers his claims. This case is a loser all around.

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