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Aaron Hernandez Documentary Says Former Patriots TE Was Secretly Gay

Published by Bleacher Report on Sat, 17 Mar 2018

Several people close to former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez allege he was gay and the burden caused by trying to keep his sexuality private may have caused violent outbursts before his 2017 death.On Saturday, TMZ Sports provided details from the documentary Aaron Hernandez Uncovered, which is set to air in two parts Saturday and Sunday night on the Oxygen Network. Those interviewed include George Leontire, an openly gay member of the NFL player's legal defense team."This man clearly was gay," Leontire said. "...[He] acknowledged it. Acknowledged the immense pain that it caused him. I think that he also came out of a culture that was so negative about gay people that he exhibited some self-hatred."Hernandez was engaged to Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, and the couple had a child together. He never discussed his sexuality in public.Alyssa Anderson, a college girlfriend at the University of Florida, says in the documentary she "learned" he was having a relationship with a man, and he later "cryptically acknowledged her suspicions were true."In April 2015, Hernandez wassentencedto life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted for the 2013 murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.Two years later, he was foundnot guiltyof a 2012 double murder in Boston, but hedied by suicidefive days after the verdict at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Massachusetts.Dr. Ann McKee announced in November an examination of Hernandez's brain revealed a severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease, perNadia Kounangof CNN."This is the first case that we've seen that kind of damage in such a young individual," McKee said.Hernandez was 27 at the time of his death.
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