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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, 10.2K 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
10.2K Ratings
10.2K Ratings
JoshWms ,

Gladiator

Very informative and VERY well done !

Annettejazz ,

Thank you

Thank you for broadcasting this Podcast.
I have spread the word. It is done very well and is informative. I could not stop listening once I started the Podcast. My
heart goes out to the Aaron Hernandez family.

Metromaple ,

Terrific Investigative journalism!

I don’t often write reviews, but feel I have to for this podcast...if for no other reason than to congratulate the Spotlight team on an excellent job. The production and story development are THE BEST I’ve ever heard- and I listen to many different podcasts every day. If you are undecided about listening, don’t hesitate- download this podcast and begin to listen to it!

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