To Helmet and Back

“Hernandez, who was convicted of first-degree murder in 2015, was found to have ‘the most severe case [CTE researchers] had ever seen in someone of Aaron’s age,’ Hernandez’s lawyer, Jose Baez, said at a press conference Thursday. Baez also announced a federal lawsuit against both the NFL and the New England Patriots on behalf of Hernandez’s daughter, Avielle, for $20 million, claiming the league and the Patriots deprived her of companionship with her father.” The lawsuit probably doesn’t have a great chance of succeeding, but the intersection of the Aaron Hernandez story with the NFL’s handling (or non-handling) of the sport’s head injury crisis makes this a story that will drive the issue into the red zone.

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