SPORTS AND SENSIBILITY: Football | NFL Facing the Abyss

A study by researchers of Aaron Hernandez’s brain reveals he was suffering from Stage 3 CTE when he committed suicide, makes it easy and simpler to blame football and his participation in it as the cause for his homicidal tendencies.

Although it is strange to consider given the research findings of his brain, Hernandez was able to control himself on the gridiron.

He was able to decipher plays of all kinds and participated at a maximum effort standard, as all great NFL stars are required to do.

On the street he was a killer, shooting people for apparently little to no reason and concealing the crimes for which he was prosecuted and convicted.

Degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy is known to cause violent mood swings, depression and other cognitive disorders.

“We’re told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of Aaron’s age,” attorney Jose Baez said.

Baez, among others, is representing Hernandez heirs in lawsuits filed against the Patriots and the NFL.

Hernandez killed himself in April in the prison cell where he was serving a life-without-parole sentence for murder. Baez said Hernandez had shown signs of memory loss, impulsivity and aggression that could be attributed to CTE.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court claimed that the league and Patriots failed to protect their players’ safety, leading to the disease that deprived Hernandez’s 4-year-old daughter, Avielle, of her father’s companionship.

“Defendants were fully aware of the dangers of exposing NFL players, such as Aaron, to repeated traumatic head impacts,” the lawsuit said. “Yet, defendants concealed and misrepresented the risks of repeated traumatic head impacts.”

The findings with regard to CTE and Hernandez is yet another instance of participation in football showing a direct relationship to severe brain desease.

The CTE epidemic among present and former NFL players is causing a serious ripple among parents of young footballers across the nation.

There is a growing unwillingness to allow young people to damage their brains playing football.

Such a scenario will potentially affect the future of football wherever it is played.

Also, in a report on CTE recently released, nearly every retired NFL player examined was found to be suffering from one level of CTE or another.

 

 

 

 

 

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