The first episode of a six-part series of The Boston Globe claims that former New England Patriots Tight Aaron Hernandez was sexually abused as a boy. The newspaper's celebrated "Spotlight" detection team examined Hernandez's life from birth to his death in prison.
Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison for the death of his friend Odin Lloyd in 2013. Using "interviews, thousands of court and government records, text messages, e-mails and pictures sent by Hernandez" and nearly 300 phone calls that Hernandez received in a Massachusetts prison, the Globe discovered secrets about Hernandez's life who revealed a tumultuous childhood with sexual abuse, drug abuse and questions about his sexuality.
So ESPN sums up the incredibly long, but every word Globe piece.
• Hernandez and his brother Jonathan were often beaten by their father Dennis when they grew up in Bristol, Connecticut. The beatings were sometimes associated with drinking by Dennis Hernandez.
• Aaron Hernandez started in front of the school, before football training and after playing smoking marijuana in high school.
• Teammate Dennis SanSoucie told the Globe that he had a sexual relationship with Hernandez in junior high and high school and the two tried to hide it.
• Jonathan Hernandez told the Globe that Aaron Hernandez reveals later in his adult life that he was abused as a small boy. One of Aaron's lawyers in his criminal case also said that Aaron had raised sexual abuse as a child with him. No one was willing to identify the Globe offender.
• Aaron Hernandez was close to a cousin, Tanya Singleton, and he was worn down when he learned that his mother Terri was in a serious love affair with Singleton's husband Jeff Cummings
On April 17, 2017, Hernandez was convicted in two cases found guilty of murder. Hernandez was charged with shooting two men in front of a Boston nightclub five years earlier. The same day, Hernandez was found not guilty, author Michele McPhee appeared in The Kirk & Callahan Show to talk about her new book Maximum Harm, a review of the bombing of the Boston Marathon.
The hosts and McPhee began discussing a possible motive behind the murder of Hernandez by his erstwhile friend Lloyd.
"This rumor," Callahan said on-air, "this Aaron-Hernandez rumor – that's so juicy … it's big."
"It's something we play with over the days can, "said Kirk Minihane. "I'm not sure how comfortable Michele is about it."
The hosts and McPhee began to joke about Hernandez's sexuality and rumors that they had heard. They called him a "close end in the field" and a "wide receiver," reports The New Yorker.
Two days later, Hernandez was found dead while hanging from a bed sheet in his cell. He had scribbled the John 3:16 Bible verse over his forehead and cell walls with blood.