Netflix was pretty strategic with the release date of their latest docuseries Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez especially, with the NFL championship right around the corner. Aaron Hernandez died three years ago while serving a life sentence for murder and forever changed the NFL and “Patriot” fans.
Going from a happy-go-lucky kid to a millionaire NFL superstar to a convicted murderer, the three-part documentary lays it all out and shows Hernandez’s whole life story with commentary from his family, friends, teammates, and anyone who could attest to the character of Aaron J Hernandez.
For starters, the homosexual accusations of Hernandez’s past were definitely at the forefront of the series. Romantic involvement with men was allegedly part of Hernandez’s life from an early age. His brother said in the doc that “Aaron had been molested by their babysitter.” Childhood friend and high school quarterback SanSoucie explained their on-and-off relationship from seventh grade to his junior year of high school. “Me and Aaron experimented and I’ll be honest, we continued because we probably enjoyed it,” SanSoucie says.
“In school, there weren’t a lot of kids that were out of the closet and a few that were, I was looking at them like, ‘what a homo’. Here, I am, I’m the football player I was in such denial because I was an athlete. Do you mean to tell me that the quarterback in tight-end was gay? Do they sleep with other men? No, it doesn’t sit right” he said in the doc series.
Hernandez even reportedly had a lover in prison. His sexual involvement with men came to light in a CNN report that outed the former NFL player and he was mocked by Boston sports radio talk-show. Two days later, he was found dead hanging in his jail cell.
Outside of Hernandez’s sexuality, the docuseries also highlighted the murders of Odin Lloyd, Aaron’s future brother-in-law and two Boston men Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu. Aaron was eventually convicted of first-degree murder for the June 17, 2013 shooting death of Lloyd but acquitted for the double shooting death of Furtado and de Abreu, who were allegedly shot in traffic after a minor encounter with Hernandez in a local Boston Club.
One of the most compelling parts of the whole series was the inclusion of audio recorded phone calls from jail between Hernandez and associates, including his mother, fiancé, friends, his agent, a beloved cousin, former teammates, and many more. The series also featured insight on the complicated relationship Aaron had with his famed father, Dennis Hernandez. How his father’s sudden death impacted his life, struggles at the University of Florida, his lack of bonding with the New England teammates, and how a severe post mortem diagnosis of CTE may have played a large role in why the rising NFL star’s life took such a dramatic and tragic turn.
The whole story is crazy and definitely one of the most captivating sports docu-series since OJ made in America. You can check out Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez on Netflix right now and come back to the comments and let us know what you think. If you have watched it already then what do you think about it?