Depending on how long you’ve been following the Aaron Hernandez saga, you may or may not have heard about his rumored sexuality.
In the new Netflix documentary “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez”, details emerge of his rumored affair with his “lifelong friend” Dennis SanSoucie.
SanSoucie attended high school with Hernandez and was on the football team with him, playing quarterback.
“When I met Aaron, it was like meeting your twin brother. It was so funny; we were both the same. He has dimples, we’re both ‘cheesy smile,’ all happy. He used to be able to make everyone laugh,” SanSoucie said in the documentary.
He shared that he and Hernandez had “an on-and-off relationship from the 7th grade to the junior year of high school.” This isn’t the first time SanSoucie has spoken about the rumored affair; however, this Netflix documentary is shining a much brighter light on the situation.
“We continued because we probably enjoyed it. Yes, we were in a relationship back then,” SanSoucie says…“but at the time, you don’t look at it like that.”
“Here I am the football player — I was in such denial, such denial because I was an athlete. You mean to tell me that the quarterback and the tight end, he’s gay? He sleeps with other men? No, it doesn’t sit right with people. It doesn’t sit right within our own stomach at that time.”
SanSoucie goes on to describe his alleged relationship as Hernandez as “weird,” particularly because both of their fathers were openly homophobic.
“After doing it, it was like, ‘F***, did someone catch us? Did someone know? Dude, if we get caught, it’s ruined. Our parents are going to disown us.”
SanSoucie described Hernandez's late father as a physically abusive "man's man." He said that Hernandez was "terrified" that his father would find out that he was gay. He said he and Hernandez were constantly worried that someone would "catch" them and that they were in "denial" about their sexuality because they were athletes.
As for his own father, Tim, SanSoucie says that when he later heard that Hernandez may have had a lover in prison, he didn’t believe the claims at all. He declared that there was no way Hernandez could be gay. SanSoucie said it took him months after that before he “broke the news” about himself and Hernandez.
Although there is no for sure way to determine what drove the star athlete to live a life of crime that eventually led to a homicide and his own suicide, several fingers are pointed to his discomfort with his sexuality. A few people close to Hernandez have spoken out about the documentary and how it is far from the truth.
In a heated Instagram post, Hernandez’s former attorney, Jose Baez, wrote,"I don't give a damn about what some lame ass documentary has to say about Aaron. I knew him, they did not and while he was far from perfect, they are not even close to the truth."
“People have no idea how documentaries are made, the truth is usually found on the cutting room floor. These producers lied directly to my face, so I don't expect their money making scheme to be much better."
However, with his untimely demise, we may never fully know his truth. But, whether or not Hernandez was gay and explored his sexuality, shouldn’t take away from his legacy on the field. Gayes, what’s your thoughts?