11 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

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    • 4.8, 11.3K 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
11.3K Ratings

11.3K Ratings

jmuggins33 ,

DONT STOP PODCASTING BOB!!!!!

Bob said in the interview portion he doesn’t know if he would ever do this again. NOOOOOO!
This was, bar none, the best podcast I have listened to ever. It was superbly done, and hopefully investigative journalists can find a worthwhile outlet in podcasting in light of how print journalism and other media outlets are trending these days. Well done Spotlight, keep them coming!!!

cllbarca ,

Superior reporting

Listening to a quality product like this podcast from the Boston Globe makes me feel good that there are still professional reporters. Superior work in presenting this story from not only the various origins that ultimately led of Hernandez’s fateful ending, but also from a tactful, unbiased presentation of the many actors along the way.

clemsonshannon ,

Very interesting

This podcast was excellent. Very interesting. Of course no surprise the Patriots knew about many of his issues and instead of getting him help they instead helped him perpetuate being shady. He was a thug at UF and no surprise that didn’t change but imagine how his life could’ve been different if he had a mentor and someone of high influence that cared about him. Very sad story all around.

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