The Boston Globe Interviews Dr. Williams about the Aaron Hernandez and CTE

The Boston Globe Interviews Dr. Williams about the Aaron Hernandez and CTE

Posted By The Spotlight Team || 19-Oct-2018

In life, Aaron Hernandez weighed a muscular 240 pounds.

In death, the most important part of his body was 3½ pounds.

That was the approximate weight of the former New England Patriots player’s brain, which was removed by a Boston coroner soon after Hernandez hanged himself in prison on April 19, 2017. It was then quietly transported to a laboratory about 25 miles north of the city.

To avoid public attention, the brain was brought into Dr. Ann McKee’s research lab through an underground tunnel system. Only three people there knew whose brain was being carefully cut into slices, stained with a special protein-detecting dye, and scrutinized under a microscope.

The results of their examination raised a painful question about America’s most popular sport: Is football fundamentally dangerous?


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