Aaron Hernandez Fiancée Sues New England Patriots & NFL

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Hernandez's family announced the news late Thursday that Hernandez, who was serving a life term without parole for a murder conviction in a MA jail, had Stage 3 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.

His brain was examined by Dr. Ann McKee, a professor of pathology and neurology at Boston University and director of the team researching CTE, who said in a statement the athlete had stage 3 out of 4. Belichick was asked Friday morning what steps he takes to inform his players of the dangers of CTE when they join the team. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison; the conviction was voided because he died before his appeals were exhausted, though that ruling is itself being appealed. Aggression, depression, memory loss and dementia are among symptoms in former football players whose brains were donated to research, and some died by suicide.

Therefore, when Baez speaks of brain damage possibly being the root cause for Hernandez's aggressive and self-destructive behaviors, and most notably his suicide last April, remember that's a lawyer talking looking for a huge settlement. An associate had earlier accused Hernandez of shooting him in the face after an argument at a strip club.

"If we have to be groundbreakers in this area, it's something we're prepared to do", he said. Hernandez's diagnosis did not come until after his death because the disease can only be diagnosed during an autopsy. The suit seeks $20 million. She discovered a telltale buildup of tau proteins, but in such concentrations that this case rose to a Stage 3 designation, the second-most severe level. Tau build-up can damage or destroy brain cells.

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But experts say most people recover from repeated head blows and the true frequency of CTE in football, other sports, the military and the general population is not known.

According to the newspaper, Jenkins-Hernandez's lawsuit alleges that the Patriots and NFL "concealed and misrepresented the risks of repeated traumatic head impacts to NFL players", and "needlessly delayed adoption of rules and league policies related to player health and safety with regard to concussions and subconcussive head trauma". While the findings thus far have been revealing - 110 of the 111 brains studied showed evidence of CTE - they are not representative of all professional players in the sport. He was released in 2013 after his arrest.

In light of the new CTE evidence, Hernandez family attorney Jose Baez filed a lawsuit on Thursday in the U.S. District Court claiming that the National Football League and the New England Patriots had failed to protect their players' safety, leading to the disease that deprived Hernandez's 4-year-old daughter, Avielle, of her father.

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