Neither major Boston daily newspaper has reported on the Aaron Hernandez sexuality story. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Neither major Boston daily newspaper has reported on the Aaron Hernandez sexuality story. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Information about the most lurid portion of the Aaron Hernandez saga can’t be found in the pages of the Boston Globe or Boston Herald. In order to read about it, one must head to New York, where it was plastered on the covers of both tabloids over the weekend.

On Kirk & Callahan last week, Boston-based investigative journalist Michele McPhee first reported how Hernandez’s sexuality may tie into the 2013 Odin Lloyd shooting. Citing law enforcement sources, McPhee said Hernandez carried on an intimate relationship with a male high school classmate from Connecticut. Lloyd, who was engaged to the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee, knew about the romance.

“There was a relationship with somebody from his high school years,” she said. “That may have provided –– and this was one of the investigative theories in the beginning –– because they got information from Ernest Wallace that perhaps –– and remember, Ernest Wallace was the guy who ditched the gun –– they had information from him that one of the motives is Odin Lloyd used a derogatory term for gay people in front of Aaron Hernandez and that Odin Lloyd had knowledge because of this relationship he had with the man in Connecticut.”

On Friday, McPhee published a story in Newsweek outlining the theory. In it, she writes that one of the three notes Hernandez left in his cell before he hanged himself last week was addressed to his prison boyfriend. The Daily Mail also posted its own piece about the letter and identified the alleged lover.

The New York Daily News and New York Post both picked up on these reports. We’ve covered the story at WEEI, because it’s currently one of the hottest topics on our airwaves.

A judge ruled Monday the Hernandez family will receive copies of his suicide notes, so perhaps the truth about the prison letter will come out. In the meantime, it’s worth examining the legitimacy of the reports regarding his sexuality, and whether the Boston papers are right to ignore them.

Why is there doubt about sexuality reports?

It’s safe to say the Daily Mail doesn’t have a sterling reputation. The tawdry British tabloid recently paid Melania Trump almost $3 million in a libel settlement and was banned on Wikipedia as an “unreliable source.”

Typically, editors need more than the Daily Mail before they green-light stories. That’s where McPhee comes in. A former police bureau chief for the Daily News and Boston Herald, she’s plugged into law enforcement agencies across the region. But so far, she’s the only non-Daily Mail journalist who’s reported on this. A source tells me journalists at the Globe and Herald are digging into it, but haven’t come up with the same information. In an email, Boston Herald editor-in-chief Joe Sciacca said the paper “doesn’t report rumors.” Boston Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan declined comment.

There’s also the theory, perpetuated by Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, that police officials are trying to smear Hernandez in order to distract from any possible investigations into his suicide attempt.

What’s believable about the sexuality angle?

Since McPhee is attaching her name to the story, it’s apparent Hernandez’s alleged bisexuality is being discussed in law enforcement circles as a potential motive for the Lloyd murder. In the Newsweek piece, McPhee says the disgraced ex-NFL star’s high school friend was even forced to testify in front of a grand jury.

She’s also been right about other aspects of the suicide. McPhee reported the tidbit on Wednesday about Hernandez writing “John 3:16″ on his forehead in red marker before he died.

Rumors about Hernandez’s sexuality have apparently circulated among police officials for a couple of years. Retired police sergeant Dic Donahue, who was injured in the Boston Marathon gun battle, tweeted Sunday he knew about it “for a while.”

There’s also the curious absence of information about the third suicide note. State officials confirmed last week Hernandez left three handwritten letters in his cell. The Globe and Herald both cite law enforcement sources who say Hernandez addressed two of those messages to his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, and four-year-old daughter, Avielle. McPhee and the Daily Mail have those details as well. Neither Boston paper, however, references the third letter in any story.

If the unidentified note contains sensitive information, such as a look into Hernandez’s sexuality, perhaps the state would hold off on revealing it. The alleged boyfriend is reportedly under suicide watch, which would likely further complicates matters.

Is Hernandex’s sexuality a relevant news story?

Reporting details about Hernandez’s possible secret sex life is salacious and lewd. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t relevant.

Four years later, there’s still no motive attached to the Lloyd shooting. Any piece of information about what may have led to his murder, such as his reported knowledge of Hernandez’s relationship with a childhood friend and alleged use of a gay slur, is a relevant news story. Murder investigations are followed until their conclusion, not until they get uncomfortable to write about.

The prison letter story seems unnecessary on the surface, but then again, so is the widely reported “John 3:16″ anecdote. Whenever famous people commit suicide, there’s a thirst for information about their lives and final days. It helps us better understand who they were, and why they may have ended it.

Should it be covered in Boston papers?

If the Globe and Herald can’t independently confirm this aspect of the story, then it’s understandable why they would opt to downplay it. But in today’s media climate, where outlets frequently aggregate reports that first appear elsewhere, it’s possible to acknowledge the existence of a story without owning it. The Sporting News did this in their write-up, which includes McPhee’s report but also outlines some of the holes in it.

Given the Globe’s and Herald’s trepidation about the accuracy of these rumors, that would be the best route to take. Acknowledge the reports are out there, and then raise doubt. Because as it stands now, there’s a disconnect between what Bostonians are talking about it, and what’s appearing in the papers.

 

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
Donald Trump honored the Patriots at a White House ceremony last week. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Donald Trump honored the Patriots at a White House ceremony last week. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft is close friends with Donald Trump. The Patriots owner donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural fund and has even taken a ride on Air Force One. With that in mind, it shouldn’t be surprising that Kraft may serve as an unofficial advisor to the President.

The New York Times published a report over the weekend detailing the cadre of friends and associates who Trump regularly phones for advice. Most of them, much like Trump itself, are older white men with sizable wealth.

Several of the confidants, including inaugural committee chairman Thomas Barrack Jr. and economic counselor Carl Icahn, are longtime friends of Trump who supported him throughout the campaign. The conservative media establishment is represented, too. Fox News host Sean Hannity, 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch and Newsmax Media chief executive Chris Ruddy reportedly console the President and offer advice on a regular basis.

The article says Kraft, a longtime Democrat, is an established presence at Mar-a-Lago Resort and often conversed with Trump about the Patriots during football season. Their friendship dates back several decades, but intensified in 2011 shortly after Kraft’s wife, Myra, passed away. Trump called Kraft once per week for the next year to lift his spirits.

“When Myra died, Melania [Trump] and Donald came up to the funeral in our synagogue, then they came for memorial week to visit with me,” Kraft said earlier this year, via the New York Daily News. “Then he called me once a week for the whole year, the most depressing year of my life when I was down and out. He called me every week to see how I was doing, invited me to things, tried to lift my spirits. He was one of five or six people that were like that. I remember that.”

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
Hour 3 - The guys talk about the rivalry that is building between the Sox and Orioles as Matt Barnes threw at Manny Machado's head. They also talk about Pedroia's actions during the game and his comments after the game.

[0:04:41] ... that's true that's the story really gets even more of bizarre cause Matt Barnes ends up throwing at him okay morally. Through we you don't you just don't know up and and had regent chuck him ...
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[0:10:09] ... You know while we do. You know what when a simple as Matt Barnes it's wrong well okay but why are we Elena prime while we tuchman Matt Barnes while we talk and a you know Farrell or Carl Willis and saying listen I appreciate the effort you know. Really to be honest with Iraq it's good to stamping out. A gay ...
[0:22:29] ... Don't ha ha. A daily fix of a point those interest. So Matt Barnes goes behind me which shows head. It's costs in incomes Joseph Kelly. Who's screaming at Machado. On Friday night and Joseph Kelly ...






Hour 3 - The guys talk about the rivalry that is building between the Sox and Orioles as Matt Barnes threw at Manny Machado's head. They also talk about Pedroia's actions during the game and his comments after the game.

[0:04:41] ... that's true that's the story really gets even more of bizarre cause Matt Barnes ends up throwing at him okay morally. Through we you don't you just don't know up and and had regent chuck him ...
[0:08:17] ... the thought process was defending the player okay. That was the thought Matt Barnes did not try to throw it meeting the shuttle's head unfortunately. Dislike Machado slide out that the intent was to hurt him. Intent wasn't a tortoise had but he did. He hit the barrel Matt Barnes is going to be and should be suspended. People constituency don't get suspended for missing guide you absolutely do I saw Cliff ...
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[0:22:29] ... Don't ha ha. A daily fix of a point those interest. So Matt Barnes goes behind me which shows head. It's costs in incomes Joseph Kelly. Who's screaming at Machado. On Friday night and Joseph Kelly ...






Hour 2 - The guys talk about the Boston Globe article attacking Tom Brady and his charity work. Pete Abe's is an idiot saying his twitter account was hacked but in fact he is just an ass man.
Hour 2 - The guys talk about the Boston Globe article attacking Tom Brady and his charity work. Pete Abe's is an idiot saying his twitter account was hacked but in fact he is just an ass man.

[0:01:01] ... Everybody talking about this Bob hole or piece from the Boston Globe. Tom Brady gives much to best buddies but his take it millions. For his own charitable trust don't click. Not act I don't really ...
[0:01:37] ... is this not a story that deals with. Other professional athletes including Tom Brady and how they deal. Where is their charity. Saw it coming now and there'll welcome and always coming now inherit its graduates of the pictures yeah Brady but think why on him. He's done what he's thinking picking all because that's pretty much because you're gonna get a lot of attention because he's Tom Brady could see a lot better doing. Hit pieces on Tom Brady that it is Lou Moroni accretion four nights a disk. All our trust managers to what's the first thing people of jump ...
[0:05:20] ... walking out Flickr number entry kitchen I think of some Russia and Tom Brady. Was working hand in hand without soul. If you look at the timeframe of all of this looks to me like Audi ...
[0:10:42] ... kept them often to whatever one's right change the world. Bus foundation Tom Brady's foundation. You know maybe he says you looked into it that he does his job I think Bob hold as a really ...






Aaron Hernandez left three handwritten notes next to a bible in his prison cell before he hange

Aaron Hernandez's sexuality was reportedly at the center of the investigation into the Odin Lloyd murder. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Aaron Hernandez’s sexuality was reportedly at the center of the investigation into Odin Lloyd’s murder. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Aaron Hernandez left three handwritten notes next to a bible in his prison cell before he hanged himself last week. The Daily Mail reports they were addressed to his fiancee, four-year-old daughter and gay prison lover. The identity of Hernandez’s alleged partner has now been revealed.

Citing sources, the Daily Mail says the disgraced ex-NFL star’s prison boyfriend was Kyle Kennedy, a 22-year-old Worcester native who’s serving time for armed robbery. According to the British tabloid, Hernandez gifted Kennedy a $50,000 watch and other property before he took his own life. Kennedy is reportedly under suicide watch.

Daily Mail reporters went to the Kennedy’s suburban home seeking comment, but his father chased them away.

The Milford Daily News covered Kennedy’s early morning robbery of a Cumberland Farms gas station in Northbridge when he was arrested in January 2015. During the burglary, Kennedy was sporting a black mask and wielded a butcher knife. Police handcuffed him after a high-speed chase.

Kennedy set up a profile on a website titled “Write Your Prisoner,” asking for pen pals so he can “possibly build friendships with people from around the world.” His hobbies include racing motocross and “doing anything that includes the outdoors.” His earliest release date is March 1, 2018.

On Kirk & Callahan last week, Boston-based investigate journalist Michele McPhee first reported Hernandez was in a relationship with a male high school classmate from Connecticut prior to the 2013 Odin Lloyd shooting. She says Lloyd’s alleged knowledge of the romance may have played a role in his murder.

“There was a relationship with somebody from his high school years,” McPhee said. “That may have provided –– and this was one of the investigative theories in the beginning –– because they got information from Ernest Wallace that perhaps –– and remember, Ernest Wallace was the guy who ditched the gun –– they had information from him that one of the motives is Odin Lloyd used a derogatory term for gay people in front of Aaron Hernandez and that Odin Lloyd had knowledge because of this relationship he had with the man in Connecticut.”

Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez is asking a judge to release the former Patriots tight end’s suicide notes before his funeral Monday. Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for the 2013 Odin Lloyd slaying, was recently acquitted on double-murder charges for a Boston shooting, five days before he was found dead in his prison cell last week.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
Hour 1 - Glenn, Lou, and Christian react to the Bruins losing another overtime game and being knocked out of the playoffs by the Senators. They also talk about the Celtics and Bulls series and how the Celtics were able to win another game in Chicago.

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[0:14:13] ... I've lacked that a lot of Beers and other times I sandal Amir Johnson make the trip. I don't even want him to go to Chicago. So I don't care fearless I don't care who is Terry -- year that went to the starting lineup or Gerald Green. Or I don't care who it was. But and the broadening the Celtics rather they always plays well mayor Johnson's starts comes ...
[0:15:11] ... gonna play in the perimeter now suddenly the guy that was guarding Amir Johnson. What's she going to do you gonna come out the perimeter and guard rose year or guard Gerald Green nope. They'd have to leave him open especially if they wanna double and trapped by is coming off patent. Conceding that you're ...
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Hour 1 - Glenn, Lou, and Christian react to the Bruins losing another overtime game and being knocked out of the playoffs by the Senators. They also talk about the Celtics and Bulls series and how the Celtics were able to win another game in Chicago.