Aaron Hernandez Struggled With Being Gay: Report

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Aaron Hernandez was gay and struggled with his sexuality, according to people close to him. In an Oxygen documentary, Aaron Hernandez Uncovered, his lawyer George Leontire, who is gay and was a member of Hernandez’s defense team, said that Hernandez spoke at length about his sexuality and was conflicted about it.

“This man clearly was gay,” Leontire said. “[He] acknowledged it. Acknowledged the immense pain that it caused him.”

Hernandez’s college girlfriend, Alyssa Anderson, said that he had a relationship with a man while at the University of Florida, but denied it when she asked him about it. He later acknowledged her suspicions, albeit cryptically.

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Hernandez never spoke about his sexuality publicly. He was engaged to Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez and they had a daughter together.

The former University of Florida standout and New England Patriots star was convicted of killing Odin Lloyd in 2013. According to TMZ, law enforcement officials believed that Hernandez killed Lloyd because he knew about the NFL star’s sexuality.

The first part of the Oxygen documentary aired Saturday night. The second episode airs Sunday.

Terrell Jermaine Starr is a senior reporter at The Root. He is currently writing a book proposal that analyzes US-Russia relations from a black perspective.

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Well, of course he did. Macho men of color have as much trouble with homophobia in their own communities as they do with WOC who are straight-talkers even when they’re also straight women.

(It’s actually been my personal experience that gay men have trouble with that too – they share the assumption with their straight compadres that they “deserve” deference merely because they’re men, as opposed to because they make decisions that are well-reasoned and moral and principled and correct and for the benefit of the whole community as opposed to just being selfish opportunists like Donald Trump – but the most violent threats and verbal abuse I’ve ever received, being a straight WOC, have been from straight men. And they always seem more upset about having their authority challenged because someone else has the facts on their side in a given dispute than they do about anything else.)