In an in-depth report about former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, new details revealed the late athlete was “sexually molested as a young boy,” an investigative report from the Boston Globe revealed on Saturday.
On Saturday, the Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team published the first part of its six-part series, which relied on interviews with family, friends, former teammates and obtained recordings of nearly 300 phone calls Hernandez made from prison.
Hernandez — who played for the Patriots from 2010-2012 — committed suicide in prison while serving a life sentence without possibility of parole for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013. His attorney suggested CTE was to blame for his suicide. Researchers found that Aaron, 27, had one of the most advanced cases of CTE found in a player at his age.
Jonathan Hernandez, Aaron’s only sibling, told the Globe that his brother had revealed to him that he had been sexually molested as a young boy. One of Aaron’s lawyers also confirmed that he had spoken about sexual abuse as a child, yet neither named the abuser.
Additionally, Jonathan told the Globe that both he and his brother “lived in constant fear of their father’s beatings” while growing up in Bristol, Connecticut. One time, Jonathan recalled he threatened to call the police for help after one of the beatings.
“I picked up the phone once to call, to seek help,” Jonathan told the Globe. “And his response was, ‘Call them.’ And he handed me the phone, and he said, ‘I’m going to beat you even harder, you and your brother, and they’re going to have to pull me off of you when they knock down the door.’”
Their father, Dennis, died when Aaron was in high school.
Dennis SanSouice, one of Aaron’s high school teammates, told the Globe that they smoked “a lot of marijuana — before school, practices, and after games.”
SanSouice also alleged he had a “now-and-then sexual relationship” with Aaron throughout middle and high school.
“Me and him were very much into trying to hide what we were doing,” SanSouice told the Globe. “We didn’t want people to know.”
Aaron’s life at home was “deeply homophobic,” Jonathan added.
“‘F—t‘ was used all the time in our house,” Jonathan told the Globe. “All the time. Standing. Talking. Acting. Looking. It was the furthest thing my father wanted you to even look like in our household. This was not acceptable to him.”
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