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Aaron Hernandez fiancee sues Patriots over claims he had CTE

Lucy Burdge
September 21, 2017 - 4:05 pm

Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, is suing the Patriots and the NFL over claims Hernandez suffered from CTE before his death from suicide in April.

Jenkins-Hernandez filed the lawsuit in Massachusetts on behalf of the couple’s daughter.

"Aaron had stage 3 CTE usually seen in players with a median age of death of 67 years,” Jenkins-Hernandez said in the suit.

She claims the Patriots and the NFL were aware of the link between CTE and suicidal tendencies and they did not share the information with Hernandez.

Jenkins-Hernandez and her daughter are seeking "redress for the loss of parental consortium she has experienced based on the negligent conduct of Defendants that deprived her of the companionship and society of her father, Aaron Hernandez."

The family is seeking $20,000,000 from the NFL and the Patriots for "loss of parental consortium." 

Attorney Jose Baez held a press conference Thursday afternoon announcing this development.

“It was the most severe case they have ever seen of someone Aaron's age," Baez said of the CTE. Hernandez was 27 when he hung himself in his jail cell.

Baez also said the Florida Gators might also be included in the lawsuit.

The Boston University CTE Center also released a statement on Aaron Hernandez confirming Baez’s statements.

The Center also released images of Hernandez’s brain.

The autopsy report on Hernandez still has yet to be released.



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