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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


Finished in a day!!

Mind blowing—fascinating, couldn’t stop listening!

One of the best podcasts I’ve listened to! Incredible sound quality, interviews and timeline. This podcast and it’s producers present this fascinating story in an engaging and innovative way! Loved every minute of it and hope they take on another high profile story in sports or elsewhere.

Great Investigative Reporting

Interesting & educational look at the story behind the story. Not a great look for Urban Meyer at Florida or the Patriots organization enabling bad behavior to win at any cost. Players are a disposable commodity that are paid well and used up mentally and physically for our entertainment, modern day gladiators.