Aaron Hernandez: Life, Fame, Drugs, and Sexuality

By: Madison Clabough

“Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez,” is a three-part Netflix series that aims to examine the rise and fall of the former New England Patriots tight end. Everyone knows that when the name Aaron Hernandez comes to mind, you think of the man who was convicted of first-degree murder in 2015 and who was sentenced to life in prison; that hanged himself in 2017 at the age of 27. Hernandez had a five-year, $40 million deal with the Patriots at the time of his arrest. In the docu-series, viewers explore a number of things- from sexuality, CTE, drug use and even his family development as a child. In the special, Dennis SanSoucie, who played high school football with Hernandez, claimed they had an on-and-off relationship from the 7th grade to junior year of high school. SanSoucie alleged there were few people at their school who were “out of the closet,” and therefore he claimed they had to hide what they were. “I was in such denial… because I was an athlete,” said SanSoucie, as he goes on to say, “You mean to tell me that the quarterback and the tight end was gay? He sleeps with other men? No, it doesn’t sit right with people.”

Just a few days before his death, Hernandez was found not guilty in a second murder case; a 2012 drive-by shooting of two people in Boston. At the time of his death Hernandez was found with the bible verse “John 3:16” written in ink on his forehead and also written with blood on the cell wall. A Bible was also found nearby, opened up to John 3:16- the verse was marked with a drop of blood. Authorities said that Hernandez was a member of the Bloods gang and had been disciplined for having gang paraphernalia behind bars.

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