Aaron HernandezThe family of the late New England Patriots tight end, Aaron Hernandez files a $20 Million dollar lawsuit on behalf of his young daughter (4) after a doctor’s diagnosis revealed he suffered from a severe stage of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

The NFL released a statement saying they plan to fight the lawsuit vigorously:

“We are reviewing the lawsuit now,” NFL executive vice president of communications Joe Lockhart said Friday in a conference call. “On first blush, we believe the claim will face significant legal issues from the start, and we intend to contest the claim vigorously.”

But what does that really say about concern for the safety and well-being of the players?

So-much research has been done on the degenerative brain disease that can only be diagnosed postmortem but very-little has been in the league to protect players.

Actor Will Smith brought global attention to the matter as Dr. Bennet Omalu, in the movie ‘Concussion’ where he played a forensic pathologist who fought against the National Football League trying to suppress his research on the degenerative brain disease suffered by professional football players.” [Wikipedia]

Sure, the game of football is as American as apple pie so this “play at your own risk’ stance that the NFL has seemingly taken should give pause to anyone planning to sign their little-one up because its left to the parents to advocate for child safety.

Tags: Aaron Hernandez, NFL, CTE, brain disease, Will Smith, Dr. Bennet Omalu, New England Patriot