Aaron Hernandez in high school

FOX 61 reports former NFL star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez from Bristol was often beaten by his father, told people close to him that he was sexually molested as a boy, and had a sexual relationship with his high school quarterback, according to an explosive report from the Boston Globe’s acclaimed Spotlight team.

Those are among the new details in the in-depth investigative series, which also reports that Hernandez struggled with his sexual identity until his suicide in April 2017 at age 27.

The reporting is based on scores of interviews, thousands of court and government records, and recordings of nearly 300 jailhouse phone calls between Hernandez and others, the Globe writes.

Two articles in the Spotlight series have been published so far, and four more are expected in the coming days. The first examined Hernandez’s troubled childhood, while the second put a lens up to his time at the University of Florida. Future parts will focus on his time with the New England Patriots, his role in three murder cases, his time in prison, and his brain damage from repeated hits to the head.

The ultimate goal of the series is to try to explain the lasting, and perhaps unanswerable, question about Hernandez: Why? You can read the full report here.

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