Aaron Hernandez lawyer on DHK: CTE timeline can be proved

WEEI
September 22, 2017 - 6:23 pm

The important people are listening to Dale, Holley & Keefe.

That was once again made clear Friday afternoon when George Leontire of the Baez Law Firm called into the show to set the record straight when it came to the particulars of the lawsuit being brought against the NFL by Aaron Hernandez's estate stating that the NFL hid the true dangers of playing football.

Leontire is part of the team that filed the lawsuit, and will be going forward, litigating the case in the coming months.

During the interview, Leontire addressed perhaps the most important part of the equation -- could he and his team prove when and how Hernandez contracted CTE [chronic traumatic encephalopathy], and was it directly linked to playing for football?

"The way the law works is that we have to show by a preponderance of the evidence when certain changes occurred," he said. "We believe we will be able to show that."

The lawyer went on to explain that the NFL was not up front when it came to the dangers of playing football, which is what Hernandez's side led to many of the former Patriots' transgressions. Leontire pointed out that the league didn't implement a clause in its contracts stating that each player assumed risk until 2013.

"They actively and intentionally went out to mislead the public and the players, as to the affect of playing football and the impacts that had clearly been shown on a player's brain," Leontire said. He added, "It isn't a question of not addressing. It's a question of not informing."

Leontire told DH&K that he does not expect a quick resolution. He also admitted that the evidence has made him rethink how he viewed football.

"I hate to tell you I love football, and I hate to tell you it's a real problem for me … It's a terrible dilemma for a football fan," he said.

Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the CTE Center at Boston University, recently said that Hernandez had stage 3 (out of 4) of the disease. A 27-year-old Hernandez took his own life while serving a life sentence for murder.

 

DHK - Aaron Hernandez Estate Attorney George Leontire (The Baez Law Firm) calls in

While discussing CTE and how it relates to Aaron Hernandez and the lawsuit filed on behalf of his daughter, George Leontire, an attorney with The Baez Law Firm, calls in to set the record straight on some aspects of the lawsuit.

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