Aaron Hernandez was an NFL tight end for the New England Patriots. He was also convicted of the 2013 murder of his supposed friend Odin Lloyd, a semi professional football player. During his 2015 trial he was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Hernandez died by suicide in his cell on April 19th 2017.
Question still surround Aaron Hernandez and his crime, even after death. In September 2017, it was revealed that he had been suffering from an advanced case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is a degenerative brain disease, at the time of his death. It is often found in football players and other athletes who participate in high-impact sports, CTE is often marked by problems with controlling aggression, mood swings, lapses in judgment and varying degrees of dementia. Doctors have confirmed that Hernandez was found to have the most severe form of the disease they had ever seen in a 27-year-old.
But could CTE be the cause of Aaron Hernandez’ behaviour?
There is simply not enough evidence to confirm either way. So little is known about CTE that it is very easy to assume either way. Further research with a wider subject pool is necessary in order to confirm or deny a link.