Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez Refile CTE Lawsuit vs. NFL to State Court

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2017

FILE - In this April 14, 2017, file pool photo, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez turns to look in the direction of the jury as he reacts to his double murder acquittal after the sixth day of jury deliberations at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Massachusetts prosecutors on Friday, June 23, 2017,  appealed a court ruling that erased the former NFL star's murder conviction in the 2013 killing of a semi-professional football player. Hernandez's conviction inwas voided after he killed himself in prison. Under a long-held Massachusetts legal principle, courts typically erase the convictions of defendants who die before their direct appeals can be heard.  (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool, File)
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Lawyers have filed a new lawsuit against the NFL as well as helmet maker Riddell on behalf of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez

According to the Associated Press (via Boston.com), the lawsuit claims the league hid the true dangers of football. 

Hernandez took his own life in prison while serving a life sentence for murder, but an autopsy revealed that he had been suffering from CTE.

Doctors reported Hernandez was in stage three out of four of the degenerative brain disease. 

"We're told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of Aaron's age," his lawyer Jose Baez said, per the AP's Jimmy Golen.

There was an original lawsuit placed in federal court against both the league and the New England Patriots, but the case was dropped Sunday, per Ken Belson of the New York Times.

The new lawsuit was placed in the state of Massachusetts, without the Patriots but with the addition of Riddell. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reported that the team is expected to be added in a separate lawsuit at a later date.

The lawsuit is seeking damages to benefit Hernandez's daughter.


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