Aaron Hernandez’s fiancé, Shayanna Jenkins, is determined to get justice for the untimely death of the former NFL star. After Boston University researchers announced that Hernandez suffered from debilitating brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, otherwise known as CTE, his fiancé filed a suit against the league and the New England Patriots.
The director of the school’s CTE Center revealed that Hernandez’s examination showed his brain had Stage 3 CTE, with Stage 4 being the most severe.
In turn, Jenkins filed a suit in Massachusetts on behalf of her daughter, accusing the league and the team of keeping the late baller in the dark about his condition. In the documents obtained by TMZ, Jenkins says, “Aaron had stage 3 CTE usually seen in players with a median age of death of 67 years.” She claims Hernandez’s employers were aware of the risks and links between suicidal impulses and the brain disease and declined to share the information with Hernandez.
In addition, she says the NFL and the Patriots “were fully aware of the damage that could be inflicted from repetitive impact injuries and failed to disclose, treat or protect him from the dangers of such damage.” As a result, she says she and her daughter are demanding “redress for the loss of parental consortium she has experienced based on the negligent conduct of Defendants that deprived her of the companionship and society of her father, Aaron Hernandez.”
“On April 19, 2017, Aaron succumbed to the symptoms of CTE and committed suicide,” she added in the suit.