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Medical investigators who examined the brain of disgraced New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez said the NFL star had Stage 3 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).  Researchers said that Hernandez had the most severe case of the brain injury anyone had ever seen in someone so young.  Hernandez hanged himself last April at the age of 27, in a prison cell while serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd.  A posthumous examination of his brain showed he had such a severe form of the degenerative brain disease CTE that the damage was akin to that of players well into their 60s.

CTE, which is caused by repetitive head trauma, has been linked to memory loss, depression, dementia, mood swings as well as problems with controlling impulsivity and aggression. A study released in July in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that of 111 NFL players whose brains were studied, 110 of them had signs of CTE.

The study was conducted by Boston University researcher Dr. Ann McKee who examined the brains of 202 deceased high school, college and professional football players, finding CTE in 177 of the 202 brains.  The study examined players as young as 23 years old and as old as 89. The brains were also from all player positions including 44 linemen, 10 linebackers, 17 defensive backs and seven quarterbacks.  Dr. McKee said her study showed that it is no longer debatable whether or not there is a problem in football—there is a problem.

The results of the study of Mr. Hernandez’s brain only add to the NFL’s public relations problems regarding CTE.  The league has already faced backlash after other high-profile players were found to have C.T.E., including Junior Seau, Ken Stabler and Frank Gifford.  Mr. Seau — along with Dave Duerson, Andre Waters and Ray Easterling, among others — killed himself.  The release of the Journal of the American Medical Association study and now the recent findings regarding Hernandez only reignite backlash.

Though researchers did not make a direct link between Mr. Hernandez’s violence and his disease-the symptoms of the disease could explain or even have caused the decisions that led to his rise and fall. After the results of the study were made public, Hernandez’s estate filed a federal lawsuit against the N.F.L. and the New England Patriots seeking damages to compensate his 4-year-old daughter for the loss of her father. The suit alleges that the league and the team knew that repeated head hits could lead to the brain disease, yet did not do enough to protect Mr. Hernandez from those hits.

The Hernandez’s family lawyer, Jose Baez, said the family was also contemplating suing the N.C.A.A. and the University of Florida, where Mr. Hernandez played before playing for the Patriots.  The N.F.L. did not comment on the medical finding and declined to comment on the suit. The New England Patriots also declined to comment.

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On April 19th, disgraced NFL player Aaron Hernandez killed himself in his prison cell, officials said.  Hernandez, 27, was found hanging in his cell by corrections officers around 3:05 a.m. and pronounced dead an hour later at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.  Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit and hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to his cell window.  Officials said Hernandez had given no indication he might try to take his own life and that he had tried blocking his door from the inside with various items.

Just days before, on April 14th, Hernandez was found not guilty in the 2012 double murders of Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Teixeira Furtado.   Hernandez was already convicted of first-degree murder in the death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in 2015 and was serving a sentence of life in prison without a possibility of parole.

Hernandez played three seasons with the New England Patriots and in 2012 he signed a $40 million five year contract extension that included a $12.5 million signing bonus.  The Patriots released Hernandez from the team about 90 minutes after his June 2013 arrest in the murder of Odin Lloyd.  Hernandez’s lawyers say they are skeptical of his death being a suicide while many speculate that his suicide was in part-financially motivated.

Hernandez’s arrest and termination led to enormous financial troubles as CytoSport and Puma canceled their endorsement deals and his release from the team automatically forfeited his 2015–18 salaries, totaling $19.3 million.  The Patriots voided all remaining guarantees, including his 2013 and 2014 salaries, on the grounds that those guarantees were for skill, injury, or salary cap room, and did not include being cut for “conduct detrimental to the best interests of professional football.”   The Patriots also planned to withhold $3.25 million of Hernandez’s 2012 signing bonus that was due to be paid in 2014 and to recoup the portion of the signing bonus already paid in an effort to recover some of the millions they lost when cutting him from the team.

Under Massachusetts law, it is possible for Hernandez lawyers to request to have his murder conviction vacated due to his death due to the legal principle of abatement ab initio.  The principle asserts that when a defendant dies but has not exhausted all legal appeals, the case reverts to its status “at the beginning”; technically, the conviction is vacated and the defendant is rendered “innocent”.

At the time of his death, Hernandez was in the process of filing an appeal for his 2015 first degree murder conviction.   On April 25, 2017, lawyers for Hernandez filed a motion at Massachusetts Superior Court in Fall River to vacate his murder conviction.  State prosecutors reserve the right to object to Hernandez’s request.  The family of Odin Lloyd may also petition the court not to vacate the conviction and to keep the appeal alive.

If the request is granted, a number of things can benefit Hernandez’s family and estate.  First, he would not have been in violation of his Patriots contract.  That may mean that the Patriots would have to pay the remaining $15 million of his contract to his estate.  If his murder conviction is vacated, it would also protect his estate from any civil suits from Odin Lloyd’s family because they would not be able to use evidence from the criminal trial in a lawsuit against the Hernandez estate for civil damages.

Aaron Hernandez Convicted

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the 2013 murder of an acquaintance, Odin Lloyd. At the time of the murder, Hernandez was a 23 year old from Bristol, CT with a $40 million dollar pro-football contract, a fiancé and an 8 month old daughter. Hernandez was released by the Patriots and dropped by various endorsement companies once he was arrested and charged in the murder.

His defense lawyers failed to convince a jury that Hernandez was a scared 23 year old who witnessed the murder of Odin Lloyd, committed by his friends that night.   While it’s game over for Hernandez with the recent murder conviction, the story doesn’t end there.

Hernandez still faces two murder charges from a drive-by shooting outside of a Boston nightclub that occurred in 2012. He is accused of ambushing victims Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado after Abreu allegedly spilled a drink on Hernandez and didn’t apologize. After leaving the club about 2 a.m., the district attorney said Abreu and Furtado were stopped at a red light when an SVU carrying Hernandez pulled up next to them and Hernandez shot at them with a .38 caliber revolver.

He is also accused of shooting a friend, Alexander Bradley in the face over splitting a bar tab. In February 2013, Aaron Hernandez, then a star tight end with the New England Patriots, got into an argument with one of his “friends” after a visit to a strip club in Miami. The argument carried on in the car afterward when he refused to go back to the club to retrieve Bradley’s forgotten cell phone.

Allegedly, after Hernandez shot his “friend” Alexander Bradley, he dumped his body in an industrial park and left. Bradley lost his right eye and initially declined to tell police who shot him even though he later filed a civil suit against Hernandez. Sadly, just five months later, Odin Lloyd was murdered.

While Hernandez has one conviction and another trial to face, his loved ones will still be able to talk to him while he pays for his crimes behind bars. Sadly, the families of Odin Lloyd, Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado will never get to hear their voices again.

Aaron Hernandez’s murder trial in the death of Odin Lloyd continues. Lloyd was an acquaintance who was dating the sister of his fiancée and mother of his child, Shayanna Jenkins. Jenkins has pleaded not guilty to a perjury charge for earlier testimony to a grand jury in the case. She was granted immunity in February.

During the murder trial in Fall River, Massachusetts, Jenkins told the jury that Hernandez instructed her to remove a mystery box from their home. She was seen on home security footage removing a large garbage bag from the home they shared. The murder weapon has not been found and authorities speculate that it was in the mystery box removed by Jenkins.

She stated that the box smelled “skunky” and she suspected it contained marijuana but that she did not open the box. She concealed it in a larger plastic bag along with some of her daughter’s clothes before dumping it in a random dumpster. She claims to not remember exactly where the dumpster was located.

Jenkins and Hernandez were high school sweethearts and have a 2-year-old daughter together. She has shown continued support of her fiancée during his murder trial despite the fact that he is suspected of killing her sister’s boyfriend.