Medical researchers announced new information on Aaron Hernandez today.
Medical researchers announced new information on the deceased Aaron Hernandez this afternoon.
Researchers at Boston University have found that the former star NFL tight end had the worst case of CTE ever for a person of his age.
Hernandez, who died of suicide in prison at the age of 27, was found guilty of first-degree murder in 2015 and sentenced to a life sentence.
Here are some details on BU’s findings, from the Washington Post:
In a diagnosis that linked one of football’s most notorious figures with the sport’s most significant health risk, doctors found Hernandez had Stage 3 CTE, which researchers had never seen in a brain younger than 46 years old, McKee said. The extent of that damage represents another signpost in football’s ongoing concussion crisis, which has seen professional players weigh early retirements and parents grapple with whether to allow their young sons to take up the sport. The findings released Thursday will only heighten those concerns.
Because the center has received few brains from people Hernandez’s age, McKee could not say whether his brain was representative of a 27-year-old who had played as much football. But she found the advanced stage of CTE alarming.
You can view the Washington Post’s full report here.