Everyone Wants Aaron Hernandez’s Brain
Does his gray matter matter? After the former New England Patriots player was found hanged by a bedsheet in his prison cell while serving a sentence of life without parole, his family decided his brain should be studied at Boston University to determine if he had the degenerative brain condition Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Symptoms of CTE were present in the brains of 90 out of 94 NFL players previously studied. Family lawyer Jose Baez told reporters the medical examiner was illegally withholding Hernandez’s brain, but a later statement indicated it was eventually released.