Aaron Hernandez's attorney suggests CTE to blame for suicide

The attorney who defended Aaron Hernandez during Hernandez’s trial for double murder is releasing a book in which he purports to offer details of that trial and Hernandez’s life; he also reveals the suicide notes Hernandez left for his fiancee and young daughter before he hanged himself inside his Massachusetts prison cell in 2017.

It all seems to be about as gross a money-grab as you could imagine from the attorney, Jose Baez.

‘Maybe the disease CTE knows’

In an interview with Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Baez said he tries to paint an accurate picture of his client in “Unnecessary Roughness: Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez,” but Volin writes that Baez instead portrays Hernandez in a positive light.

In the book, Baez says rumors of Hernandez being in a gang are nonsense (documents show he was a verified member of the Bloods), and that Hernandez’s gun tattoos were simply “symbols of strength.”

And to Baez, the fact that Hernandez bought guns in Florida and not his native Connecticut was a sign of Hernandez as a criminal novice (Connecticut is one of the most difficult states in which to buy a gun, while Florida is one of the easiest, and call us crazy, but that likely played a bigger role).

In addition to casting light on whether Hernandez actually killed himself, because he claims it took those in his life by surprise, Baez suggests that perhaps it was Hernandez’s CTE, which the tight end was confirmed posthumously to have.

“When did Aaron decide this would be his last night on earth? Maybe the disease CTE knows,” Baez writes. He also said, “You can’t hold anyone with a serious brain disease responsible for their actions any more than you can a four-year-old child who pulls the trigger of a gun and kills a sibling.”

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R.I.P Aaron Hernandez
#RIP Aaron Hernandez...something doesn't feel right about him committing suicide... #prayingfor✌🏾... GOOD MORNING TO ALL...
Damn man... Aaron Hernandez wow. Had everything he wanted in life then lost it all. RIP.... damn
RIP Aaron Hernandez
I don't care what anyone says. That was the homie. And no one deserves to go out like that.
Are people really upset that a MURDERER killed himself? Literally have no idea why people are upset about Aaron Hernandez
Aaron Hernandez essentially did what the guy from Cleveland did so why doe he get sympathy? Because he can catch a football ? Please
I thought he was about to appeal his case. Wow🤔🤔🤔 https://t.co/XFm6DzGzC6
I see a lot of people celebrating Aaron Hernandez death. Just remember his daughter, family, and his victims family are going through a lot.
Instead of using this time to mock suicide, I will use it to feel heartbroken for Aaron Hernandez's 4-year-old daug… https://t.co/fVCzCHCADS
I don't condone a single disgusting thing Aaron Hernandez did, but my heart hurts for his daughter on so many levels
Hernandez wins a murder trial.. and then commits suicide. Something doesn't add up. Regardless, RIP Aaron Hernandez.
You're telling me Aaron Hernandez gets acquitted of a DOUBLE-murder and then commits suicide? I smell foul play.
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Baez critical of Patriots organization

Hernandez was found guilty in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd and was serving a life sentence for that when he was acquitted in the 2012 drive-by shooting that killed Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu; Baez was Hernandez’s attorney in the Furtado and de Abreu trial.

Just days after his acquittal, Hernandez was found dead in his cell, having used his bedsheet to hang himself.

Lloyd was killed on June 17, 2013; nine days later, after Hernandez had told Patriots coach Bill Belichick he was “absolutely not” involved in the shooting, police arrested Hernandez and charged him with murder.

The Patriots released Hernandez that day.

Unbelievably, Baez is critical of the Patriots for the transaction.

“You’re innocent until proven guilty in this country, but not in that organization,” Baez said.

Baez writes that New England quarterback Tom Brady tried to talk sense into Hernandez, but the younger player didn’t listen.

According to the attorney, Hernandez said Brady wanted to know where he was at all times.

“He would always tell me, ‘Stop hanging with those guys, get your (expletive) together’,” Baez writes Hernandez told him. “One of the things I regret is not listening to him more.”

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College years: 2007-2010

After an impressive high school football career, Hernandez was recruited to the University of Florida, where he would become one the Gators' star players on the football team while also he playing alongside Tim Tebow.

During this time, however, Hernandez was rumored to have several run-ins with the law, including use of marijuana, fighting in bars, and would later become a person of interest in shooting case in 2007.

2010-2011

Hernandez was drafted by the New England Patriots and became the youngest player in the league in 2010.

The following year he would make his first Super Bowl appearance in 2011.

2012

Police were called to his home in Hermosa Beach after reports of domestic abuse and an alleged fight between him and his girlfriend, Shayanna Jenkins.

No arrests were reported.

2013

Hernandez was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player, in June. He would immediately be cut by the Patriots and indicted by a grand jury in August of 2013.

2014

While behind bars, Hernandez faced accusations of threatening to kill a jail guard.

He would later receive a write up over the incident. 

2015

Hernandez was convicted in the murder of Odin Lloyd in April, and was later reported to have been found with a shank while in prison.

2017

Hernandez was acquitted of the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in April

He committed suicide by hanging himself in his prison cell on April 19, 2017.

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