Helmet maker vows fight against Aaron Hernandez concussion lawsuit

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 29, 2017 file photo, defendant Aaron Hernandez listens during his double murder trial in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. 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, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. The attorneys sued the league last month after Hernandez was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, Pool, File)
Aaron Hernandez, in court March 29. –Elise Amendola / AP, File

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DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — Football helmet maker Riddell says it intends to vigorously defend its products and its reputation against concussion-related lawsuits like one lawyers for late New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez have filed in Massachusetts against it and the NFL.

Elyria, Ohio-based Riddell says it introduced helmets designed to mitigate concussion risks more than 15 years ago.

Hernandez’s attorneys filed a federal lawsuit last month after Hernandez had killed himself in prison and an autopsy had revealed he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease found in people who’ve suffered repetitive brain trauma such as concussions.

The lawsuit was refiled Monday. It accuses the NFL of hiding the dangers of football and names Riddell. It seeks damages for Hernandez’s daughter.

The NFL hasn’t responded to emails seeking comment.

The Patriots have been removed from the new lawsuit.

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