Shocking Information About Aaron Hernandez Comes To Light

In 2013, American football fans were shocked when NFL star Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder. He was later charged with a separate double-homicide. Possibly the only thing more shocking than the murder charges was Hernandez's death: he committed suicide in his jail cell by hanging himself earlier this year. An autopsy on his brain shows he had severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which was shockingly advanced for his age. The autopsy results have renewed the debate about whether pro-football is too dangerous a sport.

At only 27 years old, the ex-New England's Patriot was found to have advanced stages of CTE, a brain disease that comes from a build-up of tau protein parts in the brain. The condition is caused and exacerbated by blows to the head and concussions, and there are four stages to the disease.

Symptoms during stage one of the degenerative disease may include confusion, disorientation, headaches, dizziness and ADHD. By stage two, sufferers may experience memory loss, poor judgement and may begin acting impulsively and irrationally.

By stage three, which is what Hernandez was diagnosed with, symptoms may include dementia, speech impediments, vertigo, deafness, amnesia, depression and suicidal impulses.

A growing number of NFL players who committed suicide were later found to have CTE, including Dave Duerson, Andre Waters, and Ray Easterling. '

Hernandez was found dead after he hanged himself in his jail cell in April. He had been serving a life sentence after being convicted for the murder of his fiancé’s sister's boyfriend, semi-pro player Odin Lloyd. After the conviction, Hernandez was indicted for a double homicide, but he was later acquitted of that murder. Shortly after that, he killed himself.

Hernandez's fiancé, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, claims that the player wasn't warned about the possibility of brain disease. "Aaron had stage 3 CTE usually seen in players with a median age of death of 67 years,” she told TMZ.

Jenkins-Hernandez is suing the NFL and the Patriots on behalf of her daughter.

In an investigation of how football is linked to CTE, Boston University has been studying the brains of former NFL players. A report last month came out with explosive results showing that 110 out of the 111 players they examined had signs of CTE.

The Patriots claim that Hernandez was only listed as having had one concussion in his three years with the team, and he played through it.

According to some studies, the rate of CTE among football players has been grossly underestimated. Even people who have only spent a few years playing high school football have a higher rate of CTE. The degenerative disease usually begins to present itself around eight to 10 years after the injuries, so some former players aren't quick to link the symptoms to a season they played years ago.

Some doctors debate whether football should be banned, particularly in high schools. One in 14 high school football players will suffer a concussion, according to statistics reported by ABC News. Some pediatricians believe that football should be banned from high school sports.

Some doctors are advocating the game be outlawed, period, including the NFL. With the high rate of players being involved in domestic violence, rape and other violent crimes, and the links found between football and brain damage, it just might be too high a price for a game.

Source: New York Post, Daily Mail
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