Hernandez lawyers pull CTE suit against NFL, plan to refile

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez turns to look in the direction of the jury as he reacts to his double murder acquittal at Suffolk Superior Court Friday, April 14, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool)

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez say they are moving their lawsuit against the NFL from federal to state court because they can make more claims there.

The attorneys sued the league last month after Hernandez was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy. They accused the NFL of hiding the true dangers of football. They sought damages on behalf of Hernandez’s 4-year-old daughter for the loss of her father’s companionship.

The federal case was dismissed on Friday. Attorney George Leontire told The Associated Press it will be refiled on Monday in Suffolk County Superior Court.

Hernandez killed himself this spring in the prison cell where he was serving a life sentence for murder. An examination of his brain showed that he had severe CTE, which has been shown to cause depression, violent mood swings and other cognitive problems in football players and others who have been subjected to repetitive head trauma.