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

    • Football
    • 4.8, 635 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
635 Ratings

635 Ratings

investigation fan ,

One of the best

Such a well structured podcast, well presented and an interesting, multifaceted investigation. So many parties involved in the story from all walks of live.

PetuniaGardenhouse ,

Tragic Story That Needs To Be Heard

This is a superbly researched, compelling and very tragic of a young man’s life. I am an occasional NFL fan and was aware of some of the elements in Aaron’s story but hearing the back story of his upbringing and better understanding the business that is college and professional football really makes it clear that no one ever stepped in to help this young man. I hope that parents of children wanting to play tackle football have a listen to this and hopefully reconsider.

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S. Taylor

A scathing indictment of Football Inc and its sacrifice of young men’s bodies and brains for profit. More please!

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