Sept. 21, 2017 — Former NFL participant Aaron Hernandez was affected by a mind illness frequent to soccer gamers when he died, docs say.
Docs from Boston College who examined his mind tissue after his loss of life decided that Hernandez had stage three persistent traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is a sort of progressive deterioration of the mind brought on by repetitive head accidents, reminiscent of concussions. Stage four is probably the most extreme kind.
CTE results in persistent despair, aggression, explosive habits, impulsivity, and short-term reminiscence loss.
Specialists at Boston College who examined Hernandez’s mind discovered basic options of CTE, they stated, together with a buildup of tau protein in his frontal lobes.
Hernandez, 27, performed for the New England Patriots. He was convicted within the 2013 killing of semi-pro soccer participant Odin Lloyd and sentenced to life in jail. He killed himself in his jail cell earlier this yr.
An legal professional for his household stated he had filed a federal lawsuit on behalf Hernandez’s daughter in opposition to the NFL and the Patriots.
Different athletes recognized with CTE after their deaths embody wrestler Chris Benoit, who murdered his spouse and son earlier than killing himself in 2007; baseball participant Ryan Freel, who killed himself in 2012; and linebacker Junior Seau, who additionally killed himself in 2012.