HERNANDEZ HAD BRAIN DAMAGE
Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez suffered severe damage to parts of the brain that play an important role in memory, impulse control and behaviour, a researcher who studied his brain said Thursday. Dr. Ann McKee, director of the CTE Center at Boston University, said she could not “connect the dots” between Hernandez’s severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is linked to repeated blows to the head, and his behaviour. The 27-year-old hanged himself in April, while serving life in prison for murder. But McKee said Hernandez experienced substantial damage to key parts of the brain, including the hippocampus, which is important to memory, and the frontal lobe, which is involved in problem solving, judgment and behaviour. Hernandez, who said he was innocent, did not raise CTE in his defence at trial.