THIS JUST IN: The results of a post-mortem study on Aaron Hernandez’s brain were just released this morning and Dr. Ann McKee’s team at Boston University disclosed that he had advanced Stage 3 CTE. Stage 3 is typically found in much older players in their 60’s and 70’s so this discovery is alarming. Hernandez had apparently committed suicide this past April in his jail cell where he was serving a life sentence for the murder of his friend, Odin Lloyd, in 2013.
I’ve had an ongoing discussion with many players as well as brain doctors regarding links between sociopathy and football. So many players drift into sociopathic behavior as their front lobes sustain the greatest damage from sustained hits over their careers. And we’ve also heard about erratic behavior from all too many players’ spouses and families about the changes in their personalities and the effects on their daily lives.