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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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Aut Qast

This is such a heartbreaking tragedy on all sides, for anyone with a heart in a broken world, and there are billions of the same threads to stories worldwide, yet, as long as money and power rule, nothing will ever, ever, change for the same reasons, money & power rule and it is devastating the further away from the headlines you get, it only gets worse at every level. This is just a tough glimpse into one side and one fraction of a much much deeper pool we all reside in under the oversight of the elite and the Systemic virus of power that runs so deep, it may never even be able to be cut out.

Jan 16th
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Yolanda Esquer

I hate football , for many reasons...

Jan 15th
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Brian C.

Blaming CTE in any capacity for this piece of shit's decision to murder multiple people, is a cop out. Hernandez was a HORRIBLE human being. I hope he's burning in hell.

Jan 14th
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Fernando Saenz

Brian C. I agree they're talking with sympathy and the fact that they erased most of his accomplishments. Why not show sympathy to the people (he got aquitted of those two murders)or the person that he killed! He erased them completely from the face of the Earth!!!

Jan 15th
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Scott 1974

Enough with the alphabet stuff, lbxyzweidb

Jan 12th
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Jessica Rainey

Excellent story! And I don't watch football but this is about how life is complex.

Jan 11th
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edwin tomy

good one

Jan 6th
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bob caygeon

Well done. Cant wait for Adam Sandler to play him when the series is optioned to netflix. Shaby-do-da-da!

Jan 4th
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Anna Guy

Well done, Spotlight team!

Dec 26th
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Darren Morris

Really interesting but that last episode sorry the guys voice just goes throught me, it's like he's struggling to find reasons to the question.. Really liked this podcast.

Dec 16th
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Melissa Gifford

Great podcast.

Dec 16th
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Melissa Gifford

Great podcast. Thank You!

Dec 15th
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Dustin Weible

Really enjoyed the series. Lots of info that wasnt all public information.

Dec 10th
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Bnug78 The Illmatic Pixel Thornstrom

pretty good story. Although I think cte may have affected Aaron I don't think it made him a killer. He had ALOT of pent up emotions and shit and he thought himself to be "gangsta". He was just a messed up dude.

Dec 3rd
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Dustin Weible

this is VERY well done in my opinion. lots of information that was previously left out by the media, really sheds some light. r.i.p Aaron

Nov 29th
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Scott Spence

very well done! Does a great job to not make AH a sympathetic character, but to give a lot of insight to who AH was and some of the factors that made him, without drawing its own conclusion as to what led him to commit murder. One complaint however, if the underlying theme was to look at all the people that maybe could have helped but didn't a lot of information is left out about the relationship between Urban Meyer and Hernandez. In Full disclosure, I'm biased, I'm from Urban's home town, and my brother and him were best friends through elementary school, but still you leave out the effort he did make, dinners with the Meyer family in their home, Bible studies at the Meyer house...Not saying he is free of all blame, but he was not just another of the 100+ kids in shoulder pads either. As far as leaving HS early, I don't know if it was right for AH, but perhaps staying in Bristol another year, may have done more harm than good, all the things that shaped his personality came from those first 17 years. Just some food for thought.

Nov 27th
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Edgar Montes

awesome podcast.

Nov 27th
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Ryles

That "Felony - stolen laptop" mentioned, was none other than Cam Newton.

Nov 25th
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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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