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>> Is deeply troubled by this whole thing.>> The family of former football star and convicted murder Aaron Hernandez who killed himself in prison in April, suing his team in the National Football League. Brain scans after his death show Hernandez had a severe case of the brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, often caused by repeated blows to the head.
>> It was the most severe case that I had ever seen for someone of Aaron's age.>> His lawyer adding that the 27 year old player's brain damage was as acute as that of trauma patients in their late 60s. The findings adding a new twist to the life and death of the NFL superstar, who shortly after signing a $40 million contract with the Patriots was convicted in 2013 of murdering a friend.
But was acquitted earlier this year in separate charges of gunning down two men outside a Boston nightclub in 2012. Just days after the acquittal he hanged himself with a bed sheet in his prison cell. Even though doctors did not directly link his aggression to the disease, the lawsuit suggests that.
His attorney alleges that the NFL, and the New England Patriots for which he played, were aware that repeated head hits could lead to brain disease. But still, did not do enough to protect Hernandez from such physical trauma. The lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of his 4 year old daughter, Avielle Janelle Hernandez, six financial damages to compensate for the loss of her father.
Both the NFL and the team declined to comments on the medical findings.