Chilling New Details Surface Revealing Secret Double Life Of NFL Superstar Turned Criminal
Ignoring his responsibilities
In 2012 Aaron Hernandez had everything he ever wanted. He was engaged to a beautiful woman, he scored a touchdown in the Super Bowl, and he had one of the most expensive contracts in the NFL with the New England Patriots. A year later his secret life was on display. Murder, secret relationships, and a terrible end... discover the secrets of Aaron Hernandez.
It wasn't long before Hernandez's life on and off the field to get mixed together, and at first no one noticed. He often smoked marijuana before lacing up his cleats, and when his coaches finally noticed they suspended him for a game. No one knows how many times he was really high before he got out on the field.
A seemingly perfect childhood
Growing up in Bristol, Connecticut, Aaron Hernandez had a seemingly perfect life. He hung out with his friends, was well liked, and spent most of his time playing football. But was he pushed too hard by his father? Many people believe that his horrific actions later in life are the kind that come form someone pushed to the breaking point.
Hernandez hid his frightening home life
The young football star just wanted to have fun while out on the football field, but his father wanted him to be the best player the sport had ever seen. Family and friends say that Hernandez's father rewarded his sons when they performed on the field, but that he was a bully when his children didn't live up to expectations... How Aaron reacted was definitely warped.
Home life may have been hard for Aaron, but at least he had football to work out his inner turmoil... That all changed in 2006 when his dad passed away at the age of 49. Aaron was only 16 at the time and how he handled the loss of his father was absolutely shocking to the people who knew him best.
Trouble on the field
Even the football field turned against Hernandez in 2006. At the same time as his father passed away Aaron had his first concussion. He was tackled hard and didn't get up for a while. Whatever was going on in Hernandez's head, this might have shaken things up even more. It would be years before anyone knew what was happening in his brain...
When did Aaron's secret life begin?
Knowing what we know now it's still hard to piece a timeline together for Hernandez's misdeeds. With his father gone he was finally free to get tattoos and act wild. But some say that he was already sneaking around behind his dad's back. The quarterback for his high school team said that Aaron was hiding things from his parents for longer than they think.
Who would expect the star athlete to be gay?
Every football team is close, especially the starting players. But Hernandez was closer than most according to his team's quarterback. The QB says that the two were secretly seeing one another on and off from 7th grade to their junior year of high school. They kept the whole thing a secret because they knew their parents would disown them... No one knew until now.
Would a scholarship save him?
It didn't take long for Aaron to get offers from huge colleges, but he chose to go to the University of Florida. Who could turn down all that sun and fun? Oh, and the football. After leaving his family behind his life became a mystery. He smoked as much pot as he wanted and stayed out all night. As long as he performed on the field it didn't matter how he acted.
The trouble starts
There was something weird about Hernandez's behavior once he got to college, was he up to something illegal? When he started playing with the University of Florida in January 2007 he quickly found a place on the team. He fit into the tight end position, but he was getting into trouble too. He even got into a fight over a $12 bar tab... What kind of person does that?
He's involved in a horrible crime
A man with as much responsibility as Aaron Hernandez shouldn't have been out partying, but on September 30, 2007 he was allegedly involved in a violent act that occurred at a stop light in Gainesville. Three men were shot at a traffic light, and even though the football star was picked out of a police line up he didn’t take the investigation seriously.
Hernandez was never charged with the assault
Whoever fired at three men at a stoplight in the middle of the night must have been really twisted, and even though all signs pointed towards Hernandez no charges were ever filed. Was it actually the football star who fired the gun or just someone who looked like him? Investigators have taken a closer look but cracking the case hasn't been easy.
The troubled star was drafted by the Patriots
Rumors about Hernandez's behavior were all over the NFL. Everyone knew he was trouble. Even though he escaped litigation over his violent actions in Gainesville people wondered if he would act out again. In 2010, he was picked up by the Patriots as the 15th pick of the fourth round. Everyone was curious about how he would react and if he would change his ways.
Is that Aaron Hernandez?
Two years after he was drafted Hernandez's shocking behavior was caught on camera. On July 16, 2012, he allegedly fatally shot two men at a stoplight after they spilled a drink on him in a club... Sound familiar? A witness said that he pulled alongside the car and fired five shots through the window, if that was the case he was in hot water.
Just a night out at the club
The night of the double homicide police were never able to find the car driving the killer. Can a car just disappear? There was a witness with a shifting alibi and even though the cops thought that Hernandez was guilty they weren't able to pin him down for the crime. The police couldn't believe that they had him on camera...
No one knew he had a secret apartment
Let's face it, if you're going to clubs and getting involved in shootings you're not hanging with the nicest people. On top of that he was seeing different people aside from his fiancé - more on that later - so he rented a secret apartment. Rather than stay in his mansion he hung out in his apartment and chainsmoked sticky-icky, what else was he doing?
Even close friends didn't know about his double life
One of Hernanez's closest friends was Odin Lloyd, a linebacker for the Boston Bandits football team. The two started hanging out when Lloyd hooked up with the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend. These guys did everything together - drugs, partying, you name it. The two men seemed to have a good relationship with one another, but on June 17, 2013 their friendship came to a tragic end.
Lloyd’s body was found near Hernandez's mansion
What happened to Odin Lloyd? We know someone shot him, but why? There were few questions as to who murdered Odin Lloyd. When his body was discovered in a park less than a mile away from Hernandez’s mansion he had two bullet holes in his chest as well as wounds in his arm and his side. It only took a few hours before the police where at Hernandez’s front door, but how did they know where to go?
Curious cops use weird evidence to track a killer
At the crime scene the police found two things that were out of place next to a body, a blunt with Hernandez’s DNA as well as a piece of chewed up blue Bubblelicious gum with bullet casings. Police went to the NFL star's house and after checking the security footage they realized he was with Lloyd just before the crime occurred. After the crime the footage shows Hernandez but where was his friend?
The police waited a week to arrest Hernandez
Even though the police knew without a shadow of a doubt that Hernandez was involved with Lloyd’s late night murder they waited until June 26, 2013 to arrest him on multiple felony accounts. Hernandez went without a struggle. Just over an hour later the Patriots officially released Hernandez from the team. This was just the beginning of the bad news.
Was Aaron Hernandez a sociopath? Some think so...
No motive as ever established for this gruesome crime. Why would a millionaire player in the NFL kill one of his closest friends? Police knew Hernandez was keeping secrets, but they didn't know about his double life. There’s a lot of speculation about what he did behind closed doors but many people believe he was a sociopath.
Take a peak inside his private life
Even though he was living with his fiancé in a huge mansion, this football star was allegedly sleeping with men as well. None of Hernandez’s teammates have come out so it’s likely that he was keeping this close to the vest. It’s safe to say that Hernandez was excellent at compartmentalization. Let's face it, if you were the face of a major NFL team you'd hide parts of your life too...
His fiancé found out about his preferences the hard way
Hernadez's fiancé didn’t find out about his sexuality until the case against him in 2013. They had a daughter in 2012 and she didn’t believe that he was using her as a beard. One of Hernandez’s attornies said:
I could see the betrayal in her face when I mentioned the man [Hernandez had an affair with]. She knew him and had spent time with him and Aaron. She felt like a fool.
This was the last thing she expected.
Hernandez only shared his double life with special people
While his friends and family were kept in the dark about his bisexuality, Hernandez’s defense lawyer, George Leontire, knew everything. He explained:
This man clearly was gay. [He] acknowledged it. Acknowledged the immense pain that it caused him… I think that he also came out of a culture that was so negative about gay people that he exhibited some self-hatred.
Did Lloyd die because he knew Hernandez's secrets?
One of the theories about the murder of Odin Lloyd is that he found Hernandez in a “compromising situation” with another man. That, or he mocked Hernandez about his sexuality and the NFL star took him out for it. No one really knows if Lloyd knew anything about Hernandez’s sexuality but if that's true it explains so much. If only we knew what really happened...
Motive was never established but there was plenty of evidence
Aside from the assumption that Lloyd discovered that Hernandez was in the closet there was never a motive established for the murder. The only thing that put the two men together was the security footage from Hernandez’s home that showed Hernandez and his accomplices Ortiz and Wallace with Lloyd on the night of the crime. Was that enough to put the NFL star behind bars?
Police don't know what happened to the murder weapon
No murder weapon in this crime was ever discovered. The weapon, a .45 caliber handgun, was seen on the video footage from Hernandez’s house but it wasn’t found in the police investigation. The last time it was likely seen was on footage that showed Hernandez’s fiancé taking a bag with what looked to be a gun safe to the trash. She said she didn't know what was inside.
No one brought up his earlier crimes
The prosecutors in Hernandez’s case wanted to introduce the double homicide in Florida into his first murder trial, but the judge ruled that information about the previous crime would be left out of the case. For the time being this was to be considered the only crime Hernandez committed - for now.
A man who had everything...
The biggest defense against Hernandez’s involvement as trigger man was his career in the NFL and his $40 million. They argued that he was “planning his future, not murder.” The defense said he was Lloyd’s friend and would never commit this kind of violent crime even though the two were on security footage together. If only he would have erased it.
Hernandez was found guilty in 2015
On April 15, 2015, Hernandez was found guilty of first degree murder and given life in prison. Even without a motive or murder weapon prosecutors were able to use DNA to close the case. On top of the murder charge Hernandez was found guilty of all five weapons charges. Even so, there was still a chance he could get out of prison.
The past came back to haunt Hernandez
Hernandez wanted to do the impossible, prove that he wasn't guilty for the shooting in 2012 and file an appeal in the Lloyd case so he could get out of jail. Police took a closer look at the earlier case and discovered that he was hiding the getaway vehicle. They expected to get a second guilty verdict, but that wasn't the case. He hoped this would be his get out of jail free card.
Prison was the perfect place for Hernandez
If you think that Hernandez was really bummed out because he was going to spend the rest of his life behind bars then get ready to be as surprised as we are. He went from living in a huge mansion to a tiny jail cell and - according to those in contact with him - he loved it. The Boston Globe reported that he was “strangely content” with his life.
It’s believed he was able to put his sexuality on display in prison
It’s speculated that one of the reasons Hernandez enjoyed being in prison was his newfound freedom for displaying his sexuality. No longer an NFL star he was oddly at ease in his strict new surroundings. However, in phone calls with his fiancé and mother he espoused a homophobic attitude. They didn't expect the secrets he was hiding.
A chilling adjustment to prison life
Hernandez adjusted to prison life so quickly that his correction officers were “chilled.” No one would expect this former millionaire to call his cell "cozy," but he took pride in how "perfect" his cell looked. At first glance you'd think he would hate confinement. His weird love of small spaces is something that we definitely don't share...
He was a different person in prison
The director of Killer Inside referred to Hernandez as a “chameleon.” He explained:
He talks to his mom a certain way. He talks to his fiancée in a different way. He talks to his former football friends a totally different way with totally different slang.
The NFL star changed himself to make other people happy... That's so sad.
What was happening in his head?
A prosecutor in Hernandez’s second trial, Patrick Haggan, said that the thing that surprised him the most about the former NFL player is how quickly his emotions jumped from one to the other. He went from happy to sad before becoming extremely violent. Other prisoners and officers were afraid of him. Who knows what was going on in his head?
No one expected a tragic ending
Everyone around Hernandez, from the correction officers to his cellmates, believed that he was upbeat about his acquittal the double homicide from 2012. With that win under his belt he was excited about the appeal of the 2013 murder of Lloyd. He was placed on close watch when he entered prison and everyone was shocked when he seemed to adjust to life in jail.
His sexuality was exposed
On April 17, 2017, Hernandez’s sexuality was laid out bare without his consent on an episode of Kirk & Callahan, a morning radio show in Boston. Boston journalist Michelle McPhee appeared on the show to state that Hernandez killed Lloyd because his friend threatened to out him to his fiancé. No one knows for sure, but it’s believed that this inspired what happened next.
Did Hernandez plan what happened next?
Two days after McPhee outed Hernandez on air he was found dead in his prison cell. He was found hanged with a bed sheet alongside a set of handwritten notes. One for his fiancé, one for his daughter, and allegedly one for the man he was seeing behind bars - although this was never proven. Somehow this wasn’t the end of Hernandez’s story.
Was CTE to blame?
One belief behind Hernandez’s tragic end was the possibility that he was suffering from CTE - chronic traumatic encephalopathy, an issue that effects people who have faced multiple concussions. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist and expert in neurodegenerative disease, studied Hernandez’s brain after his death and although it initially appeared to be normal she found signs of brain atrophy and damage to the frontal lobe.
Doctors found a scrambled brain
After analyzing Hernandez’s brain after committed suicide she thought that he couldn’t have been younger than 46. Hernandez was 27 at the time of his death. She told the Boston Globe:
We can't take the pathology and explain the behavior... individuals [with CTE] difficulty with impulse control, decision-making, [and] aggression.
Does that mean football is to blame for his horrifying crimes?
Was this destined to happen?
There’s no way to know exactly what lead Aaron Hernandez to compartmentalizing his NFL career and his life of crime; the only thing we can do is speculate. The combination of CTE, his violent upbringing, and his life as a closeted bisexual was too much for the former NFL star to handle and he had to act out. Although that’s just a theory as to what lead to his tragic fate.