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Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.

The Boston Globe | Wondery
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All episodes are available for free, with ad-free episodes available for Wondery+ subscribers.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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4.8 out of 5 stars from 15.3k ratings
  • Gripping docu-series!

    Well researched, reported, told and educated story, yet a sad one. Aaron battled his own issues and physically espoused trauma from an early age and speculatively didn’t want to nor could’ve break from those things.

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    Thank you for telling his story. This podcast was amazing. While his acts were unspeakable, the backstory and history provide at least some context and humanize him.

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    United Statesa year ago
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    This covers a lot of the same ground as the Netflix doc. It seems a bit padded to get extra episodes. Tons of repetitive, annoying ads for other Wondery podcasts. And it's a bit funny how the hosts keep name-dropping themselves throughout. "My SPOTLIGHT colleague…" Really coasting on that, haha!

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