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Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.

By The Boston Globe | Wondery

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Football star Aaron Hernandez went from the bright lights of the Super Bowl to a convicted murderer in a few years. The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team, best known for its investigation of the sexual abuse scandal inside the Catholic Church, takes a hard look at the crisis facing football through the lens of Aaron Hernandez’s life and terrible crimes. From Wondery, the podcast team that brought you Dr. Death, Spotlight asks: Did a brain badly damaged by football contribute to Hernandez’s violent behavior? Did he keep secrets about his sexuality that collided with a hyper-masculine football culture? Did elite coaches and teams look the other way as Hernandez was spiraling out of control? Spotlight uncovered new documents, audio, and interviews to go deep into the story of what happened to Aaron Hernandez, and what it means for those of us who cheer on a violent game. 

Customer Reviews

High level journalism

My question is where were the adults? Though I don’t want to paint this guy as a victim it makes complete sense with the abuse, pressure, and the shame he felt about his sexuality (which in this day and age still makes me puzzled... what’s up with that?) and people using him but not giving him help...if they knew he had issues he should have been given psychological help. This is a tragic story for all involved.

Enjoyed but concerned

I think Michelle McPhee and the NFL commentators should be ashamed of their behaviour laughing and crude jokes about his sexuality (unconfirmed) They are partly responsible for his death and YES I think Aaron was murdered.
Traumatic childhood and a sad life. Hide you money hungry powerful people!

Not just for US listeners

I’m Australian so my knowledge of Aaron Hernandez was minimal, I wasn’t sure I’d be interested in this podcast as I thought it may be pigeonholed to US listeners. I’m a fan of Spotlight though, so gave it a go and found it very interesting and binged over two days.