Aaron Hernandez is one of the most infamous players in National Football League history and sadly his story came to a horrific end earlier this year when he took his life in his jail cell. Baez said he has no doubt the damage to Hernandez's brain impacted his suicide.
Former Patriots tight end and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez had "severe" CTE when he committed suicide in a MA prison, Boston University announced Thursday. The Massachusetts chief medical examiner, Dr. Henry N. Nields, concluded the "manner of death was suicide and the cause asphyxia by hanging", according a news release.
Lawyer Jose Baez and the Hernandez family immediately questioned Nields ruling vowing to do their own investigation.
Boston University's center for the study of chronic traumatic encephalopathy announced Thursday that a study of Hernandez's brain indicated he had Stage 3 CTE, one step short of the most severe level.
The latest twist involves Hernandez's brain and CTE.
There was a brief fight over Hernandez's brain following his death last April. The office eventually sent it to Boston University to be tested for concussion-related anomalies.
MA officials said at that time some tissue, including the brain, was being held until the cause and manner of death were determined.
Baez said at the time that the family hoped Hernandez's brain could be examined to help future athletes and to shed any more light on his client's death. They found that Hernandez jammed cardboard into the door tracks of his cell to prevent anyone from entering.
Aaron Hernandez listens to testimony during his double murder trial in Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston this past March.
Hernandez, 27, was serving a life sentence for murder and was acquitted in two other killings just days before he hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to his cell window at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, in the early morning hours of April 19.
Baez hired well-known forensic pathologist Michael Baden to do an independent autopsy of Hernandez.