*Even though he committed suicide in his prison cell, former New England Patriots tight end and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez is still making news. The latest is that he was “sexually molested as a young boy,” according to an investigative report from The Boston Globe revealed, via their Gladiator podcast.
The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team — which conducted interviews with family, friends, former teammates and obtained recordings of nearly 300 phone calls Hernandez made from prison — released the first part of its six-part series on Hernandez on Saturday.
The story covers a lot of ground, including Hernandez’s childhood and home life, drug use and his sexuality.
Check out part one of the podcast above and the background story below
What: Gladiator podcast by Wondery Launches
Who: Wondery Media and the Boston Globe
When: Monday, October 15, 2018
Gladiator, a new podcast produced by tastemakers Wondery and the highly acclaimed Boston Globe Spotlight Team, launches today. The investigative six-part series will chronicle the saga of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player convicted of murder, who later committed suicide in his prison cell. The podcast is currently ranked number one on Apple.
The Globe’s celebrated Spotlight Team—including longtime investigative sports reporter Robert Hohler (Chief Narrator), Beth Healy, Andrew Ryan, Sacha Pfeiffer and Patricia Wen—will each lead at least one episode. The Spotlight Team will present Hernandez’s story to listeners in a broader context, including the factors that led a man to throw away a $40 million contract by committing murder.
The Spotlight team examines the incidents that turned Hernandez’s life into a cautionary tale:
- The bombshell in Episode 2 about Hernandez’s secret sexual relationship with his high school teammate
- The effects of the constant abuse and upheaval in the Hernandez house on Hernandez’s behavior?
- How a brain badly damaged by football could have contributed to Hernandez’s violent behavior?
- The lack of action by coaches and team personnel that contributed to Hernandez’s spiral
To coincide with the launch of the podcast, the Spotlight Team is publishing a six-part investigative series both digitally and in print. The podcast is currently ranked number one on Apple.
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