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Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.

The Boston Globe | Wondery

Exhibit C, Sports, Patriots, Aaron Hernandez, The Gladiator, The Boston Globe, True Crime, News, Boston Globe

4.813.7K Ratings

🗓️ 2 October 2018

⏱️ 4 minutes

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Summary

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.

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. From Wondery, the podcast team that brought you Dr. Death.


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It's the third quarter of Super Bowl 46.

0:19.0

Second and a douche.

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The New England Patriots are ahead, 10-9.

0:23.0

Star Quarterback Tom Brady gets the ball.

0:27.0

And fires a pass to the Patriots' tight end.

0:31.0

Hernandez!

0:32.0

In the end zone, the tight end pretends to unlock a bank vault.

0:35.0

He reaches inside, grabs an arm full of bills, and throws them in the air.

0:44.0

I was at that Super Bowl as a sports writer for the Boston Globe.

0:47.0

I remember thinking, here's another show-boding football player.

0:51.0

But this wasn't just another spectacular athlete.

0:54.0

This was Aaron Hernandez, a man who earned millions as a star of the New England Patriots.

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And who would be accused of murdering three people.

1:04.0

I said, Aaron, I'm hearing some things about, you know, you in this murder.

1:09.0

A man who spiraled out of control, all while elite coaches and others in the football business, looked the other way.

1:16.0

Police led former Patriots tight end, Aaron Hernandez, out of his mansion in handcuffs this morning,

1:21.0

a shirt covering his chest and arms.

1:24.0

At his arraignment this afternoon, the state charged Hernandez with murder,

1:27.0

saying he orchestrated the killing of an associate, Odin Lloyd.

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