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New Investigative Report Reveals Aaron Hernandez’s Gay Relationship And His Erratic Behavior With NFL Players

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A lot has been said about former NFL player Aaron Hernandez who committed suicide in his prison cell last year. It’s hard to know for sure what Hernandez was suffering through, especially in the last years of his life. What is known is that he was going through an unimaginable amount of pain. We know this from the diagnosis of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which was revealed after his death.

CTE is a disease that occurs in the brain when a person is repeatedly hit in the head, which is why NFL players are prone to getting it. Symptoms of CTE include difficulty thinking, impulsive behavior, depression, emotional instability, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts or behavior, and much more.

In an investigative piece in the Boston Globe we are learning more about Hernandez through people that knew him best as well as his former teammates. What is clear is that Hernandez’s CTE diagnosis was very apparent in retrospect, but we’re also learning that his childhood may have also contributed to his destructive behavior as an adult.

In a six-part investigative story about Aaron Hernandez, his brother alleges that they had an abusive father.

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The story, which is also a podcast, was written and investigated by the Boston Globes’ Spotlight team. This group of reporters is famously known for their intensive look into particular topics, as they did with the Pulitzer Prize coverage of the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests in Boston.

Aaron’s brother Jonathan opens about how their father physically abused both of them.

Jonathan says that he wanted to get help. He wanted to call 911 and report his father, but when he attempted, it only made matters worse.

“I picked up the phone once to call, to seek help,” Jonathan tells the Boston Globe. “And his response was, ‘Call them.’ And he handed me the phone, and he said, ‘I’m going to beat you even harder, you and your brother, and they’re going to have to pull me off of you when they knock down the door.'”

Aaron’s secret boyfriend, Dennis SanSoucie, also shares how he couldn’t disclose his sexual orientation.

“Me and him were very much into trying to hide what we were doing. We didn’t want people to know,” SanSoucie said in an interview.

SanSoucie says that he didn’t come out to his family until after Aaron had died. He also added that Aaron had told him that he was sexually abused when he was a young boy. According to the article, Aaron’s home life would never allow for him to come out as gay. His brother says that gay slurs were used by his father constantly and even though Aaron displayed gay tendencies he never dared tell his father the truth.

Aaron’s erratic behavior — a symptom of CTE — was very much part of his athletic life, both on the field and off.

“There would be swings where he’d be the most hyper-masculine, aggressive individual in the room, where he’d be ready to fight somebody in fits of rage,” former Patriots receiver Brandon Lloyd tells the Boston Globe. “Or he’d be the most sensitive person in the room, talking about cuddling with his mother. Or he’d ask me, ‘Do you think I’m good enough to play?'”

Needless to say, his behavior didn’t go over well with the players especially their captain Tom Brady.

“I’m trying to watch over Aaron and Brandon,” Brady said to Tebow. Brady was referring to another former Florida player, Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, according to the Boston Globe.

“I appreciate that, man. They’re good guys,” Tebow responded. “Yeah,” Brady said. “But they’re a lot to handle.”

Click here to read the first part of the series from the Boston Globe.


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After Aaron Hernandez’s Brain Was Donated For CTE Research, It Was Found That He Had The Worst Case Of CTE For Someone His Age

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After Aaron Hernandez’s Brain Was Donated For CTE Research, It Was Found That He Had The Worst Case Of CTE For Someone His Age

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Last April, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in his prison cell. He was serving a life sentence for murder and took his life just days after being acquitted of a separate double murder. After Hernandez’s death, his brain was donated to Boston University to be tested for CTE. Researchers have finally confirmed that Hernandez was indeed suffering from severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain condition that may result in memory loss, violent behavior, and depression. It is believed Hall of Famer Junior Seau and former Bears defensive back Dave Duerson, who both committed suicide, suffered from CTE.

According to researchers, for someone his age, Hernandez had the most severe case of CTE they had ever seen.

To illustrate how severe it was, Nathan Fenno of the L.A. Times tweeted out images of what advanced CTE looks like.

Dr. Ann McKee, a Professor of Pathology and Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine and the Director of BU’s CTE Center, released the official statement with the original photos.

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Based on characteristic neuropathological findings, Dr. McKee concluded that Mr. Hernandez had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), Stage 3 out of 4, (Stage 4 being the most severe). This diagnosis was confirmed by a second VABHS neuropathologist. In addition, Mr. Hernandez had early brain atrophy and large perforations in the septum pellucidum, a central membrane.

This graphic shows the classic features of CTE in the brain of Mr. Hernandez. There is severe deposition of tau protein in the frontal lobes of the brain (top row). The bottom row shows microscopic deposition of tau protein in nerve cells around small blood vessels, a unique feature of CTE.

Dr. McKee and the BU CTE team have extensive experience in the diagnosis of CTE and have contributed landmark publications on traumatic brain injury and CTE in athletes and Veterans. Her research has demonstrated that CTE is associated with aggressiveness, explosiveness, impulsivity, depression, memory loss and other cognitive changes.

We are grateful to the family of Aaron Hernandez for donating his brain to the VA-BU-CLF brain bank, located at the Jamaica Plain campus of the VA Boston Healthcare System.

The BU CTE Center will have no additional comment.

Although it may sound speculative, the findings raise questions about the effect CTE had on Hernandez, who had a history of violent behavior. It’s impossible to know for certain since CTE can only be diagnosed by deep examination of the brain after death. At the very least, the findings will continue to make CTE a hot-button issue among NFL fans, players, and owners.


[H/T] New York Times

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Aaron Hernandez’s Fiancée Said He Was Excited About The Possibility Of Coming Home Right Before Suicide

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Aaron Hernandez’s Fiancée Said He Was Excited About The Possibility Of Coming Home Right Before Suicide

Aaron Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, was recently interviewed by TV personality Dr. Phil. In a series of short video clips released today and this week, Jenkins reveals what she thought about Hernandez, his suicide, and the circumstances around his case. She believes to the very end, that not only was Hernandez innocent of all charges, but she also believes he did not commit suicide. Jenkins also denied that Hernandez was bisexual.

Dr. Phil interviewed Shayanna Jenkins, who talked about how she wants people to remember her fiancé, Aaron Hernandez.

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She told Dr. Phil that “everyone is entitled to their opinion,” but also said he was innocent and full of life. Jenkins added she hopes people can put all of this behind them so their daughter can have a future.

She’s very suspicious of Hernandez’s suicide.

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Jenkins said she spoke to Hernandez the night he died and he made no mention of having suicidal thoughts. Apparently, he was “very positive” and even told Jenkins and his daughter that he was excited about the possibility of coming home.

She claimed that the suicide note recovered at the scene was odd.

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She says she believes Hernandez would have addressed the letter and signed off on it differently. Jenkins noted that the handwriting on the note was very similar to Hernandez’s handwriting. She then implied that anyone who wanted to make it look like a suicide had plenty of time to make the handwriting on the note appear authentic.

She’s not sure what purpose, if any, Hernandez had for committing suicide.

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She said she won’t “speculate on what he was thinking or why he may or may not have done it.” When asked if perhaps Hernandez committed suicide so that Jenkins could gain access to the six million dollars contractually owed to Hernandez by the New England Patriots, she said “anything’s a possibility,” but she doesn’t personally believe he did it for the money.

Dr. Phil pressed her about rumors that Hernandez was gay (reports say he was bisexual).

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Jenkins denied it, saying “The Aaron that I know? No.” She also said that Hernandez flat out told her he wasn’t gay when she asked him about the rumors that she’d heard from his defense attorneys.

She also said she’s never heard of his alleged prison lover, Kyle Kennedy.

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She says that rumors of a third suicide note, allegedly left for Kyle Kennedy, were not true. According to Jenkins, there was a note for her, for their daughter and for Hernandez’s lawyers.

Finally, they talked about how Hernandez’s daughter said goodbye.

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Holding her daughter up to say her final goodbye, she touched his hand and put half of a locket in his pocket, and keeps the other half with her. Dr. Phil commended Jenkins on her parentage saying “It’s difficult for me to advise families with children about how to handle things with little ones that don’t have a full concept of death.”

Keep your eyes peeled as Dr. Phil will undoubtedly release more videos in the days to come, as he seems to be stretching out the release of these videos for dramatic effect. Which is understandable, since it involved the biggest and most curious NFL related murder trial since OJ.


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