Netflix has a new docu-series out about Aaron Hernandez, the former tight end for the New England Patriots.
In 2013, Hernandez was charged for the murder of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’ fiancée. He was found guilty and sentenced to serve life in prison. But in 2017, Hernandez committed suicide in his jail cell.
Read on to see the 5 craziest revelations the new docu-series brings to light about this tragic case.
Prosecutor Patrick Haggan says, “You see this common theme of him being impulsive, and being able, on the drop of a hat, to go from being extremely jovial, nice, friendly, somewhat loving guy too, in a moment, becoming angry, and physical, and violent.”
This makes more sense when you see the next revelation…
CTE is a neurodegenerative disease that many football players develop after repeated blows to the head. A neuropathologist who examined Hernandez’s brain after his death revealed that his condition was “very advanced.”
CTE causes people to act erratic. The disease messes with the brain, impacting a person’s ability to have good judgment. Some people think O.J. Simpson has CTE, which is why he (probably) murdered his wife in the nineties.
The terrible thing is, you can’t tell if someone has CTE until you examine their brain upon death. No one could have known he had it while alive; they could only see the signs.
Hernandez was engaged to a woman, but a childhood friend told reporters that he and Hernandez had some homosexual fun together back in the day.
“Girls didn’t hang out with the boys after school, so me and Aaron experimented,” the friend reports. “And it was something that, I’ll be honest, that we continued because we probably enjoyed it. Um, hello?”
The fact that this is even newsworthy is troubling. Who cares if he was gay or even bi? But grappling with his sexuality, especially being in the NFL, might have played a role in his anger.
This is a weird one. He said to his mother, “Know what I always do? I always walk to my door and turn and look the opposite way and just look how perfect my cell looks.”
Apparently, his enjoyment of life in prison creeped out the officers who watched over him.
The docu-series reveals that Hernandez was sexually abused as a child by a male babysitter. To make matters worse, his dad mentally and physically abused him and his brother.
Watch the series to discover more about this troubled man and his sad story.