Aaron Hernandez’s Brother Speaks Out on His Brother’s Speculated Sexuality

The story of Aaron Hernandez is a tragedy in many ways. For one, it’s the story of a man who committed unspeakably evil acts for which there is no excuse or explanation. If some accounts are to be believed, it could also be the story of a man who was tragically conflicted about his own sexuality and also impacted by traumatic brain injuries. Either way you look at it, it’s a hopelessly sad tale. 

Hernandez took his own life and has been the subject of considerable media speculation since then. Let’s take a closer look at what Hernandez’s brother said about his brother’s speculated sexuality and how it may have affected him. 

Aaron Hernandez slightly smiling, looking away from the camera
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Who is Aaron Hernandez? 

According to Biography.com, Hernandez attended the University of Florida where he starred as a tight end for the Gators alongside Tim Tebow. The New England Patriots drafted Hernandez when he entered the NFL. Hernandez was a standout tight end across from Rob Gronkowski. While Hernandez didn’t win any Super Bowls during his time with the Patriots, he did play at a very high level.

The team thought so highly of Hernandez, they gave him a five-year, $40 million deal in 2012. At the time, Hernandez sounded like a changed man after he got into plenty of trouble while attending the University of Florida: 

“This place changed me as a person, because you can’t come here and act reckless … I was one of those persons. I came here and might have acted the way I wanted to act. But you get changed by Bill Belichick. You get changed by the Patriot Way.”

It appeared as though he had nothing but upside. Soon, however, a darker side about Hernandez would be revealed and his entire life would come crashing down. 

Aaron Hernandez’s imprisonment and subsequent suicide

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On June 26, 2013, authorities charged Hernandez with the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player. Later, Hernandez was also indicted for the murders of two people shot in a drive-by in Boston’s South End area, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. In 2015, Hernandez was found guilty in the murder of Lloyd and received a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.

In April 2017, Hernandez’s story came to a grisly end. He was found hanging from a bedsheet in his prison cell, dead at the age of 27. Doctors performing post-mortem examinations of Hernandez later found he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) due to multiple concussions while playing football. 

The speculation regarding Aaron Hernandez’s sexuality

A Netflix documentary series came out that covered Hernandez and the murders he committed. Part of that documentary addressed Hernandez’s sexuality. Despite having a girlfriend and child, Hernandez allegedly had sex with many men in his life. According to Complex, his brother recounted the time his brother tearfully told his mother about this: 

“He’s like, ‘Mom, you’re going die never knowing your son … Then all of a sudden they have this conversation and they’re both flooded with tears across from each other.”

Hernandez’s alleged lover from prison also commented on Hernandez’s sexuality in a separate, recently released documentary. The Complex piece notes that the man, former inmate Kyle Kennedy, said that he and Hernandez would “lock in to either cook food or smoke, get high, listen to music, just chill when we didn’t want to be around other people,” and that the two would often write each other letters. 

It’s unclear what’s true and what’s false regarding Hernandez and his sexuality. And there’s no way to excuse Hernandez’s heinous actions. But no matter how you view it, this was clearly a man struggling with some internal issues of his own identity.