Less than a year after taking his own life, a two-part television special on Aaron Hernandez has revealed some new details on the life of the former Florida Gators star.
Alyssa Anderson, a former girlfriend from his days at the University of Florida, and his defense attorney George Leontire revealed to Oxygen that Hernandez was homosexual.
The television network Oxygen aired “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered”, which featured detailed interviews from Hernandez’s legal defense team, former fiancee and former girlfriends, in two parts on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18. It was during interviews for the show that Anderson and Leontire made their revelations.
Anderson said that she suspected Hernandez was in a relationship with an unidentified man during their time together at college, and that the former New England Patriots tight end confirmed it was true when the two started exchanging letters while he was in prison.
“Back in college, there was text messages I saw on his phone when he came back from a trip in Connecticut that was [from] a male, that didn’t have a name, didn’t really say too much. But it was a relationship with somebody,” Anderson said. “And when I questioned him about it, he always denied it. And then, in one of the letters, he opened up about it and he did admit to it.”
Anderson, who said the two had a “strong relationship” in college, said she also learned that he had been molested as a kid through his revelations in the letters.
“Towards the end of his first trial into the second trial, the letters became more intense,” Anderson told Oxygen. “He did open up about some of the struggles he had gone through as a kid. He admitted to being molested as a kid, but he never dealt with it. And it led to issues in his sexuality.”
Oxygen’s television broadcast produced images of these letters from Hernandez to Anderson.
Leontire, who worked on Hernandez’s defense team, explained that the prosecution was going to introduce a witness in a double-murder trial against Hernandez who would out the former football player as gay.
In those moments, it was Leontire claims Hernandez’s concern was about how that information may impact his fiancee Shayanna Jenkins.
“His biggest concern about his sexuality was how it would impact Shayanna and somehow diminish — in her eyes — the tremendous love that he felt for her,” Leontire told Oxygen. “Here’s a man who happened to be gay who loved a woman.”
The prosecution decided to abandon the strategy, but not before Hernandez’s defense team broke the news to Jenkins in anticipation of the information becoming public.
“[It]was very hard because I was confused. I still kind of am,” Jenkins told Oxygen. “When you feel like you’ve kind of had it all with that one individual, it’s just something that took years to build, and now it’s completely breaking down. But I would not want him to go through anything by himself. I was the only thing that he had. Hurt or not — and I was hurt — I had to fight through it.”
Hernandez was serving a life term in prison for the murder of Odin Lloyd when he took his own life via hanging in a Massachusetts prison on April 19, 2017. A postmortem analysis of Hernandez’s brain indicated he suffered from a severe case of CTE. He was 27 years old.
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