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Aaron Hernandez's family sues NFL over 'severe' CTE

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 01:35

The family of former football star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez is suing the NFL, their attorney saying brain scans after his death show he had 'severe' CTE. Linda So reports.

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The family of former football star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in prison in April -- suing his team and 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. SOUNDBITE: 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." His lawyer adding that the 27-year-old player's brain damage was as acute as that of trauma patients in their late 60's. The findings adding a new twist to the life and death of the NFL superstar who -- shortly after signing a 40-million-dollar 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 bedsheet in his prison cell. Even though doctors did not directly link his aggression to the disease… the lawsuit suggests that --- HIS ATTORNEY alleges that 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 seeks financial damages to compensate for the loss of her father. Both the NFL and the TEAM declined to comment on the medical findings. TEASER: A BRAIN DAMAGE SUIT FOLLOWS A FOOTBALL STAR'S DEADLY DESCENT

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Aaron Hernandez's family sues NFL over 'severe' CTE

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 01:35