Aaron Hernandez family wants player's brain examined for signs of CTE

Aaron Hernandez family wants player's brain examined for signs of CTE

Aaron Hernandez family wants player's brain examined for signs of CTE

One thing Baez was vocal about was his criticism of the Medical Examiner saying Hernandez's family wanted to donate his brain to Boston University so it could be studied for evidence of brain injuries, but the Medical Examiner would not release it.

Aaron Hernandez's family plans on turning the former National Football League star's brain over to a center to study it for possible brain trauma.

Aaron Hernandez's death has been officially ruled a suicide, and his brain will now be released to Boston University for research, as his family requested.

Jose Baez, Hernandez's attorney who represented Hernandez in the trial in which the former Pro Bowl tight end was acquitted of a double murder, believes that Hernandez's brain is being held illegally.

Baez said the medical examiner's office of MA has a history of misconduct and improper protocols when dealing with sensitive information and investigations.

Hernandez was found hanging in his jail cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correction Center at 3:03 a.m. Wednesday morning.

"It is our position that they are holding Aaron Hernandez's brain illegally", said Baez.

WBZ also reported Wednesday that one of the last people to see Hernandez dead, reportedly a close friend, is in isolation on what is referred to as "eyeball suicide watch". NBC News notes that CTE is a degenerative brain disease that has been linked to athletes who may have suffered head trauma and concussions.

The state medical examiner said the cause of death was axphyxia by hanging, District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said in a statement Thursday.

Hernandez, 27, was serving a sentence of life without parole for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. That unnamed officer's possible punishment is said to be because he missed a 2 a.m. walkthrough, which would have been just an hour before Hernandez was found dead.

"The family should be able to have the dignity of a proper service in the proper possession of Aaron's remains", Baez said after exiting the medical examiner's office.

ESPN reports say Hernandez had referenced a popular bible verse on his forehead, prior to taking his own life. Investigators determined Hernandez was alone at the time, and there were no signs of a struggle, the district attorney's office and state police said in a statement.

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