Family of ex-Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez wants to do CTE study

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According to Nestor Ramos of the Boston Globe, Aaron Hernandez’s brain is going to be studied to determine whether or not he suffered from CTE. The former Patriots TE recently committed suicide in prison, while serving a life sentence with no parole for the murder of Odin Loyd.

Ramos went on to add a few more details, writing:

“Baez: battle being waged over which doctor has access to Hernandez’s brain…Baez says family would like brain to go to Boston University. Instead, medical examiner is ‘illegally retaining possession’ of his brain.”

Jose Baez was Hernandez’s defense attorney. According to Kevin Armstrong of the New York Daily News:

“No autopsy results have been made public by the medical examiner. Hernandez’s body was released Thursday but his brain was held by the medical examiner, according to Baez.”

Armstrong noted that Baez himself rallied against that, reportedly saying:

“If we don’t get answers and answers quickly, we’re going straight to court…We’re investigating everything. We’re not rejecting anything. We’re keeping all of our options open, which is what everybody else should be doing…[this is a] destruction of evidence issue…[Boston police have a] culture of misconduct.”

Information regarding CTE is relatively new, and there is much that researchers do not know yet, but it is a brain disorder. Former Chargers LB Junior Seau took his own life back in 2013. Per ESPN’s Mark Fainaru-Wada, Jim Avila and Steve Fainaru, his ex-wife said the following after his brain was examined:

“I think it’s important for everyone to know that Junior did indeed suffer from CTE. It’s important that we take steps to help these players. We certainly don’t want to see anything like this happen again to any of our athletes.”

The two cases are certainly different, though, because of Hernandez’s criminal background, shorter career, and numerous other factors, but Hernandez’s family still has some of the same questions.

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