NTL member Jose Baez: Aaron Hernandez had severe CTE Posted on September 21, 2017 by Andrew Findley NTL member Jose Baez says tests on the brain of Aaron Hernandez reveal the former NFL player suffered from severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and that Hernandez’s daughter is suing the NFL and the New England Patriots for leading Hernandez to believe the sport was safe. Baez says the tests reveal that Hernandez had one of the most severe cases of CTE ever seen in someone of his age. Baez defended Hernandez when he was acquitted of the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston. Hernandez committed suicide while still in prison for the shooting death of Odin Lloyd. The Associated Press reports that the lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Boston claims the NFL and the Patriots denied Avielle Hernandez of her father’s companionship.