Lawyer says Aaron Hernandez had severe case of CTE


Attorney Jose Baez said Thursday that former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in prison, had advanced CTE.

CTE -- chronic traumatic encephalopathy -- is a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated blows to the head. It has been diagnosed in NFL players. CTE can only be confirmed upon death.

"Aaron suffered from a severe case of CTE. This is the most severe case for someone of his age," Baez, noting that it was comparable to that of a 67-year-old man.

Baez said a lawsuit was filed Thursday afternoon on behalf of Hernandez's daughter against the NFL and the Patriots.

Hernandez was convicted of killing semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in North Attleborough. He was acquitted earlier this year in the killings of two Boston men.

He was found hanged at the Souza-Baranowski prison in Massachusetts on April 19.