Aaron Hernandez was an inmate, a former NFL player, a friend, a husband, and a father. R.I.P. He committed suicide back in April. His daughter, now files suit against the NFL for hiding the true dangers of the sport her father played. The lawsuit filed claimed that both the NFL and the Patriots failed to protect their players’ safety that lead to the disease depriving Hernandez’s 4-year-old daughter, Avielle, of her father’s companionship.
It was revealed by Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the CTE Center at Boston University, that Hernandez had Stage 3 (of 4) of a severe case of a degenerative brain disease: chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). It can cause violent mood swings, depression, and other cognitive disorders. Jose Baez, Hernandez’s attorney stated that this was the worst case seen for someone of Aaron’s age. He also says that Hernandez did show signs of memory loss, impulsivity, and aggression which could be attributed to CTE. It’s obviously too late to find out now but who knows.
The suit says “Defendants were fully aware of the dangers of exposing NFL players, such as Aaron, to repeated traumatic head impacts,” the lawsuit said. “Yet, defendants concealed and misrepresented the risks of repeated traumatic head impacts.” If true, this can result in a settlement for the Hernandez family.