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Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.

Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.

Author: The Boston Globe | Wondery

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Football star Aaron Hernandez went from the bright lights of the Super Bowl to a convicted murderer in a few years. The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team, best known for its investigation of the sexual abuse scandal inside the Catholic Church, takes a hard look at the crisis facing football through the lens of Aaron Hernandez’s life and terrible crimes.

From Wondery, the podcast team that brought you Dr. Death, Spotlight asks: Did a brain badly damaged by football contribute to Hernandez’s violent behavior? Did he keep secrets about his sexuality that collided with a hyper-masculine football culture? Did elite coaches and teams look the other way as Hernandez was spiraling out of control?

Spotlight uncovered new documents, audio, and interviews to go deep into the story of what happened to Aaron Hernandez, and what it means for those of us who cheer on a violent game. 

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Chris King

great delivery and just a sad story a must listen.

Nov 15th
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John Signore

I think the podcast series was excellent. I learned a lot about Aaron and about head injuries. sad

Nov 14th
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Fairwater

The host has a great voice for podcasting

Nov 14th
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Moyanna Friday

This was a very interesting documentary that not only told the story of a troubled young man and the growing concern with CTE, but also a cautionary tale about seeing the signs of trouble and ignoring them. All of his football career from high to the pros, people were over looking the warning signs and kept give Aaron chance after chance, until he arrested for murder, he got away with everything. I can't help but wonder if things would have been different for him if only 1 person held him accountable or if he had some real help would he still be here for his daughter.

Nov 14th
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Jay H

By far one of the best podcast I've heard, just finished it in one day.

Nov 14th
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Beckey

Not a football fan here.. But this podcast was very informative and eye opening! Loved every min!

Nov 13th
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W8W8 What now?

This is an interesting documentary. As Aaron was rushed through school, these boys experienced the opposite. Their parents had them repeat 8th grade giving their bodies an extra year to grow and develop into a bigger player. It's been over 11 years since I watched this and I still think about it a lot. It bugged me. https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/go-tigers-2001

Nov 13th
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Jeff Welch

a very intriguing story I played for 4 years pop Warner just think how many kids/ young adults will have some form of cte and never made the nfl and have to deal with this with no help!

Nov 13th
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Jessica Rainey

Excellent. Enjoyed listening. Thanks for reporting.

Nov 10th
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Adam White

The irony of his high school principal saying that maybe if he had stayed an extra 6 months in high school he may have seen the value in finishing college, when he left high school not being able to read at a college level is too much.

Nov 6th
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Carlicia Wade

This is absolutely amazing to me! I'm not really into football. nonetheless, I'm AWARE of Hernandez. IT'S unbelievable how colleges recruit HIGH school football players and the money they earn...

Nov 5th
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David Camacho

Amazing Work!!!!! Great Podcast!!!!

Nov 2nd
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Lee Fisher

awsome podcast books were good also a 48hours ep as well..

Oct 30th
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W8W8 What now?

Interesting podcast. The adults in Aaron's life did him a great disservice by never holding him accountable for his actions and the lack of consequences.

Oct 27th
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George Eghator

This is deep! This sport really can mess you up.

Oct 24th
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Nahrin Rouil

bahrei

Oct 23rd
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Jessica Grier

listening to this podcast makes me feel bad for the life he hid and for his choices and decision

Oct 23rd
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Damon Washington

heccers

Oct 20th
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Corin Storey

so good so far!

Oct 18th
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Richard Terwilliger

love it so far

Oct 18th
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