Several persons close to deceased New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez have claimed he was gay, suggesting that the stress of hiding his sexuality may have contributed to his erratic behavior before his murder in 2017.
TMZ Sports released information on the documentary Aaron Hernandez Uncovered on Saturday, and the two-part show will air on the Oxygen Network on Saturday and Sunday nights. George Leontire, an out gay member of the legal team representing the NFL player, is one of those interviewed.
Leontire concluded that the man “obviously” was gay. “…and he admitted it. recognized the tremendous suffering it had caused him. Perhaps he was raised in an environment where prejudice against gay people was so pervasive that he internalized that bias and hated himself.”
Hernandez was enamored with Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, with whom he eventually had a kid. He never opened up about his sexual orientation.
College girlfriend Alyssa Anderson claims in the video that she found out he was seeing another man and that he “cryptically acknowledged her suspicions were correct.”
Hernandez, after being found guilty of the 2013 murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd, was given a life sentence without the possibility of release in April 2015.
Two years later, in 2014, he was exonerated of 2012 double murder charges in Boston, but five days after the verdict he committed suicide at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Massachusetts.
Nadia Kounang of CNN reports that in November, a neuropathologist from Boston University announced that Hernandez had a severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative condition of the brain, after examining Hernandez's brain.
Dr. Ann McKee remarked, “This is the first case where we've seen that level of injury in such a young child.”
Hernandez had just been alive for seven years when he tragically passed away at age 27.