BOSTON (AP) Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez suffered substantial damage to parts of the brain that affect memory Cheap John Hannah Jersey , judgment and behavior from the most severe case of a degenerative disease linked to head blows ever found in someone so young, a researcher said Thursday.
Dr. Ann McKee, director of Boston University’s CTE Center, stressed she could not ”connect the dots” between the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy and the behavior of the 27-year-old who hanged himself in April while serving life in prison for murder.
But McKee said CTE had significantly impacted key parts of Hernandez’s brain, including the hippocampus – which is associated with memory – and the frontal lobe, which is involved in impulse control, judgment and behavior.Article continues below ...
”We can say collectively, in our collective experience, that individuals with CTE – and CTE of this severity – have difficulty with impulse control Cheap Hayden Hurst Jersey , decision-making, inhibition of impulses or aggression, often emotional volatility and rage behaviors,” said McKee, who has studied hundreds of brains from football players, college athletes and even younger players, donated after their deaths.
Hernandez hanged himself in prison days after he was acquitted in the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston and just hours before his former teammates visited the White House to celebrate their latest Super Bowl victory.
Prosecutors contended he gunned the two men down after one accidentally spilled a drink on him in a nightclub – and then got a tattoo of a handgun and the words ”God Forgives” to commemorate the crime.
He had been serving a life sentence without parole in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd when he killed himself.
Hernandez, who said he was innocent, did not raise CTE in his defense at either trial.