Aaron Hernandez's Family Fought Over His Brain With Medical Examiner

The family wants his brain tested for medical disease.

Following the suicide of Aaron Hernandez, there is a conflict around the ex-NFL star's brain.

According to CBS NewsHernandez’s attorney explains that the family wants to donate his brain to research and have it tested for a medical disease, but the Massachusetts medical examiner won't allow them.

“It is literally a destruction of evidence issue,” said lawyer Jose Baez on Thursday. He accused the medical examiner of "holding Aaron Hernandez's brain illegally" and claims the family wants the athlete's brain tested for CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) at at Boston University. This medical disorder is often found in athletes who have experienced head traumas. “If we don’t get answers quickly we’re going straight to court,” said Baez.

The District Attorney shares that the brain will in fact, be released.“Now that the cause and manner of death have been determined, the brain will be released to Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center as Mr. Hernandez’s family wishes," they shared in a statement per CBS Boston.

Hernandez committed suicide in prison on April 19, following his acquittal from a double murder last week. He was already serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder.

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