BOSTON -- A researcher says Aaron Hernandez suffered severe damage to parts of the brain that play an important role in memory, impulse control and behavior.
The 27-year-old former New England Patriots player killed himself in April while serving life in prison for murder.
Dr. Ann McKee of the CTE Center at Boston University presented the findings of her examination of Hernandez's brain on Thursday.
McKee says she could not say Hernandez's behavior was a result of his severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. But she says Hernandez suffered substantial damage to several important parts of the brain, including the frontal lobe.
His attorneys have sued the NFL and football helmet maker Riddell, accusing them of failing to warn Hernandez about the dangers of football.
FOXBORO -- In wake of Aaron Hernandez’ estate filing a federal lawsuit against the NFL and the Patriots over the late tight end’s head trauma, Bill Belichick was expectedly mum when asked Friday about CTE.
Hernandez, who died in prison of an apparent suicide in April shortly after being acquitted of a 2012 double-murder, had “the most severe case” of chronic traumatic encephalopathy that researchers had ever seen in a 27-year-old, according to his lawyer.
Belichick, who drafted Hernandez in 2010 and coached the player until his 2013 release, reiterated his September 2016 quote about not being a doctor on Friday.
“That’s really, the whole medicals questions are ones that come outside my area,” he said Friday when asked what the team tells players about CTE. “Our medical department, our medical staff cover a lot of things on the medical end. It’s not just one specific thing. We cover a lot.”
Asked if he feels the NFL does a good enough job of warning players about CTE, Belichick repeated his answer.
“Again, I’m not a doctor. I’m not a trainer. I’m a coach,” he said. “The medical part, they handle the medical part of it. I don’t do that.”
Hernandez was listed as having one concussion during his NFL career.
In Part 1 of this week's "Quick Slants The Podcast", Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry and Jerod Mayo discuss the New York Times story on a recently released CTE report from Boston University on the high frequency of CTE in found in donated brains of football players.
Mayo also talks about what can be done on the field, and how the best prevention is players taking care of each other when there are signs of a concussion.