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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Articles tagged: Aaron Hernandez

Documentary: Aaron Hernandez struggled with gay secret

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A documentary alleges that Aaron Hernandez was gay and struggled with the secret about his sexuality.

According to TMZ Sports, Oxygen has a documentary set to air this weekend called “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered” that explores the late former NFL player’s sexuality. In the documentary, several of the people interviewed apparently say that Hernandez was gay.

The sources include Hernandez’s college girlfriend, who claims the former tight end had a relationship with a man in college.

A gay member of Hernandez’s legal team also apparently talked with Hernandez about being gay.

“This man clearly was gay,” attorney George Leontire said, according to TMZ. “[He] acknowledged it. Acknowledged the immense pain that it caused him.”

Hernandez committed suicide in prison in April last year. Reports circulated not too long thereafter saying that authorities believed Hernandez murdered Odin Lloyd because Lloyd had found out about Hernandez’s sexuality, and Hernandez feared being outed as gay.

Hernandez had a fiancee at the time of his death. She responded to the report about Hernandez being gay last year.

Aaron Hernandez’s name edited out of Tom Brady postseason highlight reel

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It has been more than eight months since Aaron Hernandez was acquitted of a double murder charge and later took his own life in a prison cell, but the NFL is still making a conscious effort to erase the former tight end from history.

On Thursday, the NFL released an eight-minute highlight reel that shows every one of the 69 touchdown passes Tom Brady has thrown or rushed for in his postseason career. Two of those scores — No. 38 and No. 41 — came with the help of Hernandez. As Tony Massarotti of 98.5 The Sports Hub noticed, Hernandez’s name was strategically edited out of the video.

While Hernandez may have technically died an innocent man thanks to some outdated legal loophole, it’s no surprise the NFL wants to pretend he wasn’t part of the league’s history. A lot of people probably wouldn’t have even noticed if Hernandez’s name was mentioned in the highlight video, but that goes to show you how important “protecting the shield” can be.

Report: Aaron Hernandez may have had secret trust fund for daughter

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A new report alleges that Aaron Hernandez may have set up a secret trust fund for his daughter before he committed suicide in prison.

Laurel J. Sweet of the Boston Herald reported Tuesday that an “AJH Irrevocable Trust” appeared in court documents, with the money in it left beyond the reach of creditors.

The purpose of such a trust would be to keep an undetermined amount of wealth, and beneficiaries would not be subject to other claims.

There are theories that Hernandez committed suicide as a means to protect his family from future litigation. This may be another example of the former NFL star acting on behalf of his family before his death.

Bennet Omalu: ‘No question’ CTE is reason Aaron Hernandez committed suicide

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The doctor who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the brain disease better known as CTE, is convinced that the condition is what drove former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez to take his own life.

Hernandez’s fiancee Shayanna Jenkins filed a lawsuit against the Patriots and the NFL on Thursday, claiming the former tight end had a severe form of CTE and the league and team did nothing to protect him from it. Dr. Bennet Omalu, the man who discovered CTE and inspired the film “Concussion,” told TMZ on Friday that he has no doubt the brain disease drove Hernandez to suicide.

“There is no question in my mind that CTE drove Aaron Hernandez to suicide and other criminal and violent behavior,” Omalu said. “If you read my book ‘Truth Doesn’t Have a Side’ you will encounter the Chapter titled ‘I bet my license OJ Simpson Has CTE,’ therefore, it should not be surprising that Aaron Hernandez eventually committed suicide.”

Omalu feels Hernandez’s family has a good chance to win the case and hopes it will lead to less children playing contact sports.

“I am yet to examine the brain of professional football player who does not have CTE or other forms of brain damage,” Omalu said. “And we have always known for centuries that if you suffer forceful and/or repetitive blows to your head in whatever human activity, you will suffer brain damage.

“If a child plays football, there is a 100 percent risk exposure to brain damage. No child under the age of 18 in today’s America should be playing any of the high-impact, high-contact sports, and the big six are football, ice hockey, mixed martial arts, rugby, boxing and wrestling. … Let us keep our children healthy and make them play only non-contact sports.”

If you remember, Omalu praised Tom Brady’s wife Gisele after she seemed to reveal that the four-time Super Bowl MVP has suffered multiple concussions throughout his career.

Jenkins is seeking compensation for being deprived of Hernandez’s presence.

Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee sues Patriots, NFL says he had severe CTE

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The family of the late Aaron Hernandez is suing the New England Patriots and NFL, claiming the former tight end had severe CTE and the team failed to protect him from it.

Boston University’s School of Medicine examined Hernandez’s brain, and one of the professors, Dr. Ann McKee, concluded that Hernandez had Stage 3 CTE, which is one step below the most severe form — Stage 4. They also determined “Hernandez had early brain atrophy and large perforations in the septum pellucidum, a central membrane.”

According to the Boston Globe, Dr. McKee’s research shows “CTE is associated with aggressiveness, explosiveness, impulsivity, depression, memory loss and other cognitive changes.”

Hernandez committed suicide in his prison cell in April even though he had recently been found not guilty in a double-homicide case. He was in prison because he had been found guilty in a previous murder case.

TMZ Sports reports that Hernandez’s fiancee is suing the Patriots saying they failed to adequately warn and protect Hernandez from the brain disease. The suit says the NFL and Patriots “were fully aware of the damage that could be inflicted from repetitive impact injuries and failed to disclose, treat or protect him from the dangers of such damage.”

The two are seeking compensation for being deprived of Hernandez’s presence.

Lawyers call for Patriots to pay families of Aaron Hernandez victims

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The New England Patriots have maintained all along that they had no knowledge of any of the criminal activity Aaron Hernandez was involved in while the late former NFL tight end was with them, but lawyers are still calling for the team to pay damages.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Hernandez’s estate said in court Tuesday that the Patriots should step up and compensate the family members of the victims.

“We would welcome the Patriots looking into that issue and doing the right thing, which is to compensate the victims,” Kenneth Kolpan, a lawyer for the family of Daniel de Abreu, said according to the Boston Globe.

Along with Safiro Furtado, de Abreu was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting outside a Boston nightclub in 2012. Hernandez was charged with the murders but acquitted just days before he hung himself in his prison cell.

While Hernandez was not convicted of the murders, the families of the victims are still suing his estate. William Kennedy, a lawyer for Furtado’s family, told reporters on Tuesday that the Patriots could help “make amends” by compensating his clients.

“I think they’re in a position to do that,” Kennedy said. “That would be welcome.”

A lawyer for Odin Lloyd, a man whom Hernandez was convicted of killing but later had the conviction overturned because of an outdated legal principle in Massachusetts, has also called for the Patriots to pay damages.

It’s highly unlikely that the Patriots will end up writing any checks. The families of the victims aren’t the only ones seeking money from the team, but voluntarily paying would come across as admitting some sort of responsibility. That is not going to happen.

DA fighting to have Aaron Hernandez murder conviction reinstated

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Aaron Hernandez is an innocent man as far as the state of Massachusetts is concerned, but the district attorney who prosecuted the former NFL tight end in the Odin Lloyd murder trial is still working to have that changed.

According to CBS Boston, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III has filed an appeal asking a Supreme Court judge to reinstate Hernandez’s murder conviction after it was vacated because of an “archaic rule.”

“This is an archaic rule not based on the Constitution, and it should be changed,” Quinn wrote in the appeal. “A defendant who commits suicide should not be able to manipulate the outcome of his post-conviction proceedings to achieve in death what he would not be able to achieve in life. We are asking the Supreme Judicial Court to address this antiquated rule, which does not serve the public interest.”

Hernandez was convicted of murdering Lloyd in 2013 and sentenced to life in prison in 2015. He was also charged with double-murder stemming from a 2012 incident outside a Boston nightclub, but he was acquitted in April. Less than a week later, Hernandez hung himself inside his prison cell.

One popular theory is that Hernandez killed himself to protect his estate and assure his fiancee and daughter a more secure future. You can read more about that here.

Even if the legal principle that resulted in Hernandez’s conviction being overturned is outdated and “archaic,” it still applied at the time of his death. The decision will likely stand even if the law is changed at some point.

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