Gladiator
Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.
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...
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4.8 stars from 8,846 ratings
I don't even like football...
...but this was a really well-done, understated, podcast. I was even less of fan of Aaron Hernandez, but amazingly, I now have some sympathy for the guy. Such a tragic life that might have gone down a different path if he'd had people who cared about him as a person, not just a football player....
Huffenpuff007 via Apple Podcasts · Japan · 01/15/19
Ruined by the last episode
First 5 episodes were great. Last episode completely detaches from the narrative and puts football and the NFL on trial for brain-injuries and CTE. In my opinion, the fact that Hernandez was a thug and a POS gets completely discounted because he suffered from CTE. Furthermore, I am incensed at...
knockhardc via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 01/13/19
Gripping
A really gripping and fantastically well produced podcast. As a Brit, I have no prior knowledge of American football but I found myself intrigued from the first 5 minutes. It’s a really sad story - and really worth listening to.
betsydallas via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/12/19
Recent Episodes
Aaron Hernandez died in 2017 but his life still raises questions. On this special episode Liz Dolan, host of “Safe For Work” and “Satellite Sisters,” speaks with Bob Hohler of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team about the making of Gladiator, and the one question he still wants answered. Support...
Published 11/20/18
In life, Aaron Hernandez weighed 240 pounds. In death, the most important part of his body was just over 3 pounds. When researchers analyzed his brain they were shocked by what they found. A lifetime of football had seemingly taken a tremendous toll, but could it explain his violent...
Published 11/13/18
With his arrest, Hernandez traded in his jersey number for an inmate number in the Massachusetts prison system. His voice was rarely heard from again in public -- but he spent hours talking on the phone from inside jail. Spotlight obtained ninety hours of jail calls -- never before heard publicly...
Published 11/06/18
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