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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, 10.9K 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
10.9K Ratings

10.9K Ratings

icymixtapes ,

Awesome and interesting!

This was very interesting to listen to! Things that I didn’t know about Aaron. Very sad how his life went downhill so fast. His childhood definitely played a role in demise. Sad story. Very good podcast.

agoodie78 ,

Amazing and Heartbreaking

This is like a case study in toxic masculinity. Nothing makes his crimes okay or excuses the loss that his victim's family suffers or the other people he has hurt. My heart still ached, though, for the little boy and young man he was who would do anything and everything he could to be a MAN and finally make his abusive father proud. Again, nothing excuses what he did, but with the perfect storm of toxic masculinity from his father and within football culture mixed with repeated head trauma and drug use to escape physical and mental pain, it was basically a waiting game for when it would all go wrong. Could this have been prevented? Maybe. Or, maybe not. But that boy certainly deserved better and this should serve as a warning to us.

mmmmmmmmwv ,

Outstanding

Gripping story even if you’re not a football fan (which I am not). Excellent journalism. Compassionate and poignant without minimizing Aaron’s crimes. Also made great points about how the NFL treats its players no better than work animals. Ugh. Definitely listen!!

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