“It was the most severe case they had ever seen,” Baez told reporters in Boston. “It was an advanced stage.”
CTE is linked to the sort of repeated head traumas common in football that can lead to aggression and dementia.
Hernandez’s daughter, Avielle, on Thursday sued the Patriots and the National Football League in federal court in Boston, citing the CTE finding and seeking unspecified financial damages for the loss of her father.
Representatives of the NFL, the Patriots and Boston University did not immediately respond to requests for comment.