The Boston researcher who examined the brain of the late football star Aaron Hernandez says it showed the most damage her team had seen in any athlete that was Hernandez’s age.
Hernandez, whose on-field performance for the New England Patriots earned him a $40 million contract in 2012, allegedly hung himself in a prison cell earlier this year while serving a life sentence for murder. He was only 27 years old.
Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist who runs research of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, at Boston University, said her team found that Hernandez had Stage 3 CTE and that they had never seen such severe damage in a brain younger than 46 years old.
McKee announced her findings at medical conference on Thursday in Boston where she spoke publicly for the first time.
The questions that still sits in the dark for most people is Why would a man so young, with wealth and fame murder a friend and then turn around and murder himself.
McKee explains with the following quote to the Boston Globe.
“We can’t take the pathology and explain the behavior, but we can say collectively that individuals with CTE of this severity have difficulty with impulse control, decision-making, aggression, often emotional volatility, and rage behavior.”
Now I have to honestly say I just thought the guy was going crazy and he was having multiple lives at the moment. While this revelation did come out and it is unfortunate, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to know that he lead multiple lives as they claimed.
But with brain damage this could be another plausible reason why he killed himself, because when something is wrong with the brain (mind), it can cause someone to be heavily depressed, stressed, paranoid, lost etc.