Aaron Hernandez is a former football star who was the tight end for the New England Patriots in the National Football League. But, it all came crashing down in an unfortunate turn of events when he was convicted for the murder of his friend, Odin Lloyd.
Birth & A Traumatic Childhood
Aaron Josef Hernandez was born on November 6th, 1989 to his mother Terri Valentine Hernandez who is from Italy and his father Dennis Hernandez in Bristol, Connecticut. He also has a brother who goes by the name Dennis Jonathan Jr who was the head football coach at Ledyard High School which is located in Connecticut. Unfortunately, Hernandez had a troubled childhood because of several reasons ranging from the arguments his parents always got in which escalated to a point where his mother threw his father out of the house to the repeated beatings that his father inflicted upon Aaron and his brother because they weren’t reaching up to his expectations when it came to both sports and academics. Dennis had set an extremely high bar for both his children and when they failed to meet it, they were brutally punished.
His father was a well-known football player during his high school days and it looks like he wanted his children to continue his legacy and that is why he was so keen on them doing good because he believed they could fulfill his expectations.
Dennis was also a raging alcoholic and that is what stemmed his abusive behavior.
According to Mail Online, His father beat him up so bad one day which left him with a black eye because he was intoxicated right before his school dance.
His parents even got divorced in 1991 but eventually got back together and then remarried in 1996. These are some instances that could’ve been one of the reasons for his paranoia and also for the actions he committed in his youth and subsequently when he turned into an adult.
Education & a booming career
He did his schooling in Bristol Central High school which is located in Bristol, Connecticut and was also a part of the football team. When it came to academics, he did fairly well and was mostly graded B’s.
When it came to sports and specifically football, it seems like he was a gifted player and at the same time, he made sure that he would work extremely hard to hone his pre-existing skills.
He struck gold when New England Patriots had selected him in 2010 to become the 6th tight end for their team.
Things got rough and his career was on stake when rumors on his alleged use of marijuana started to float but he later suppressed them by sending a letter to the owner of New England Patriots, Robert Kraft in which he stated that he is willing to take a bi-weekly drug test to prove that the rumors were inaccurate. On June 8, 2010, he even got to sign a four-year contract with Patriots worth 2.37 million.
Aaron Hernandez even teamed up with Rob Gronkowski and they had an extremely impressive preseason. Weeks forward he even made impressive touchdowns against other teams. In 2012, because of his consistent performance, his contract was extended
Romantic Interests & his relationship with his family and teammates
His teammates believed that he was taking drugs and they hated his guts because of it.
Some of them even believed that he was mentally unbalanced because it was extremely hard to handle him and also because he was always thirsty for attention.
As already stated, Hernandez was immensely terrified of his father as he was abusive but at the same time, the death of his father wrecked him. He believed that his mother doesn’t know or understand him at all. When he called his mother from jail, he told her that she is going to die without knowing her son. He was also disappointed with his mother because she did not get him medication after he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder which caused him problems.
He dated with his high school sweetheart Shayanna Jenkins and they even got engaged and later she gave birth to their daughter in 2012. They separated for a brief while when she caught him cheating on her which caused a strain in their relationship. He cheated on her with the Nanny of their daughter and witnessing it immensely affected Shayanna.