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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

Incredible story

Really interesting listen and read. Incredible and sad story.


I’ve listened to the first two episodes and wow. Some major facts I had not ever heard before. Eye opening...


Tries to put the blame for a guy who MURDERED 3 people and was a generally terrible person on other people and concussions. Great example of victimizing the guilty to get listens. Is CTE a problem? Sure. Should people have role models? Sure. Does that make people/excuse MURDERERS? Absolutely not. Waste of a listen. SO dumb.

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  • Category: News & Politics
  • Language: English

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