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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.


READ: Judge Claims Aaron Hernandez Innocent For Previous Murder Conviction In Rarely Used Legal Principle


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David Ortiz, Aka Big Papi, Was Shot And People Are Still Trying To Use Him For His Money

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David Ortiz, Aka Big Papi, Was Shot And People Are Still Trying To Use Him For His Money

David Ortiz, better known by the very Latino monicker of “Big Papi”, is a former professional baseball player helming out of the Dominican Republic, and who is famous for being part of the Boston Red Sox. His larger-than-life persona, charming smile and big bear physique has made him a much loved and admired player in Boston, a city that lives and breaths baseball. 

Life has been tough for David Ortiz, Big Papi, since June 9, when he was shot.

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Big Papi’s life has not been easy in recent months: he was shot on June 9 while at a bar in the Dominican Republic. He underwent a six hour operation and is on the mend. Life circumstances have made him question the nature of fame and the intentions of some of those who approach him. 

So who is Big Papi? (if you are a hardcore baseball fan you should know!)

Just look at that smile! You would not think that this man had such a rough upbringing. David Américo Ortiz Arias was born November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In his hometown, he had to survive the tough streets to make something out of himself. Like many Dominican youth, he turned to baseball as a way to get self-discipline and burn some testosterone. The Boston Globe reports: “Before he turned 10, David Ortiz saw a man stabbed to death. Growing up in a dangerous corner of Santo Domingo, Ortiz was accustomed to rat-a-tat gunfire and drug-dealing gangs that ruled the rutted roads around his home.”

Bostonians and Red Sox fans adore him.

Ortiz first played for the Minnesota Twins, but it was in Boston that he built a career that is the stuff of legends. During his 14 seasons with the Red Sox from 2003 all the way to 2016, he was a ten-time All-Star, a three-time World Series champion, and a seven-time Silver Slugger winner. Big Papi also holds Boston’s single-season record for home runs: he scored  54 during the 2006 season. The Boston Globe explains the adoration that Big Papi inspires among Bostonians and Latinos: “Ortiz is widely adored from the Dominican barrios to American boardrooms. He has attained the image of a big-hearted force for good, whether glad-handing strangers on the streets, raising money for desperately ill children in both countries, or exhorting a traumatized city to unite in strength after the Boston Marathon bombings”.

Some have taken their fandom of Big Papi to the extreme.

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This tattoo is an example of the level of admiration that Big Papi sparks. Can you imagine seeing his face every single day? His life story and generous spirit is certainly something to strive for. 

The curse of fame: money comes at a price.

As reported by The Boston Globe: “But his ascent to stardom also made Ortiz, like other multimillionaire athletes in the Caribbean and beyond, a prime target for hustlers, criminals, and opportunists, and vulnerable to random crime”. 

A story that tends to repeat itself: leeches are por todos lados.

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Like has happened with many other Latino sportsmen (we can think of Panamanian boxing icon Roberto Duran, for example), soon money and fame bring unwanted guests to the party. That is why Ortiz has felt used during most of the peak of his professional success. It must be hard specially for someone who has been a generous celebrity who thinks how his fame can bring joy to others. 

The beginning of the debacle: 2012 nightclub incident.

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What a nightmare. As The Boston Globe recalls: “One case in which Big Papi found himself victimized dates to the fall of 2012 in Boston, when Ortiz became the extortion target of a Dominican-American ex-convict with a history of violence, according to court records and an investigator who worked undercover on the case. For reasons that remain unclear, Ortiz and the ex-convict, Felix A. Paulino, were together in a private back room at the Venu nightclub one night in the Theatre District. Paulino videotaped Ortiz chatting with several women. Even though the video allegedly showed Ortiz doing nothing more than playfully flirting with the women, Paulino phoned Ortiz’s agent, Fernando Cuza, and threatened to sell the recording to the celebrity gossip site TMZ unless Ortiz paid him $20,000”. What a terrible human being! 

The attempt on his life nearly cost him his life. Authorities say it was a case of mistaken identity: but how can you misidentify one of the better known faces in the country?

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On June 19, 2019, Big Papi was shot in the back at close range. He nearly died from traumatic injuries to his liver, intestines, and gall bladder, which was taken out. The Dominican police claims that it could have been a case of mistaken identity, but this is highly improbable. After all, how can you mistake Big Papi for someone else? It would be like mistaking Michael Jordan for another dude! According to reports, this is what Ortiz told the police who attended to the shooting: “Please don’t let me die, I’m a good man.”

Boston totally rallied behind him after the shooting.

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As reported by CNN: “‘David Ortiz is probably the most beloved and one of the most important players in our history, leading us to multiple World Series championships, and an active member in the community,’ said Red Sox team president Sam Kennedy. ‘I would be hard-pressed to think of anyone more beloved than David.'”

The Latino baseball community is following every step of his recuperación.

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David underwent surgery in the Dominican Republic following the incident, but was then transferred to the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he remains under observation. His wife has been by his side all this time. 

And people are just wondering how come someone as beloved as Big Papi was even shot!

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Some celebrities live and die with a “bad boy” reputation and while physical harm is never condoned, sometimes it comes as no surprise. Big Papi is different, however. 

Other hyper famous sports figures are wishing him the best.

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Besides the Red Sox, the New England Patriots are the most beloved team in the Boston area (well, maybe the Celtics too, but they haven’t been that successful as of late). Fans will love the fact that Big Papi and Tom Brady are good pals and the quarterback was one of the first to wish David a speedy recovery. 

This is the guy who gives so much of his life to charitable causes, no manchen.

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Through the David Ortiz Children’s Fund he helps minors in Boston and the Dominican Republic. The fund’s mission is as critical as it comes, as it “provides essential support for children in the Dominican Republic and in New England who cannot afford the critical cardiac services they need. We are proud to partner with CEDIMAT Hospital in Santo Domingo and the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children to fulfill this mission. Through outreach, education, and support for medical care, we’re committed to enhancing the health and well-being of children who require life-saving heart surgeries”. What a fantastic, practical cause. By the way, you can donate here: https://www.davidortizchildrensfund.org/donate-2-2-2/

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

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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.

READ: 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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