Should the NFL compensate Aaron Hernandez's family for his CTE diagnosis? | The Tylt
Should the NFL compensate Aaron Hernandez's family for his CTE diagnosis?
After revealing that Aaron Hernandez had CTE akin to a person their sixties, Hernandez' attorney announced the former New England Patriots tight end's family would be suing the NFL. The league has downplayed the risks of CTE and is responsible for the advanced degeneration of Hernandez's brain. However, the NFL cannot be held responsible for the actions of an individual who was already violent before making it to the NFL.
A study released earlier this year revealed 110 of 111 NFL brains researched had CTE. That is not coincidental. There is a pattern, and it is damning to the league. Football causes brain damage, brain damage Aaron Hernandez sustained while playing for the league. If Hernandez was more aware of the risks he was taking by playing football, he may have protected himself or stopped playing sooner.
Several other high-profile players who were posthumously diagnosed with CTE have also committed suicide. The NFL is partially responsible for Hernandez's conditions, and his family should be awarded damages accordingly.
CTE is a real problem in the NFL, but pinning Hernandez's suicide on the league is a stretch. Players put their brains in harm's way at the professional level, but they also do it in college and high school. Hernandez's time at Florida arguably could've been the main culprit. He also displayed violent behavior at Gainesville and was even investigated for a double murder while he was a freshman. The NFL is in no way responsible for his CTE if he already had issues in college.
Players already know the risks of playing football when they make it to the league. The NFL has a lot to answer for, but it is not responsible for Aaron Hernandez's behavior or suicide.