9 episodes

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. 

Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc. Wondery

    • American Football
    • 4.8, 387 Ratings

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

4.8 out of 5
387 Ratings

387 Ratings

Natz_JBoi ,

Supurb

Really interesting and well researched podcast. I live in Australia and my Son play Rugby League, it’d be very interested to know the long term affects this sport he/we love so much. I would assume very similar. Great listening.

held2ransom ,

Amazing

This what happens when real journalists create a podcast. This story is well researched and presented in a linear fashion that makes following it easy. Currently binging the whole thing.

SunshineAnd Lolipops ,

Fascinating Story

Well researched and presented. I’m not American and don’t follow your football code but I did read about a NFL player ending up in jail for murder and his suicide. Never thought about him again until this story. Fascinating and sad.

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