Buzz Bulletin: Aaron Hernandez Docuseries Hits Netflix

By: Whitney Carroll McKinnon
Posted: January 17, 2020

“Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” Dropped on Netflix This Week

Netflix dropped its hotly anticipated take on the tragic Aaron Hernandez saga earlier this week, and it’s already got fans of both football and true crime buzzing.

The story itself is nothing new. The docuseries delves into the events leading up to Hernandez’s arrest (and subsequent conviction) for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, as well as the 2012 shootings outside a Boston nightclub that left two dead and one injured. It features phone calls from prison, as well as lots of talking head moments from key figures in Hernandez’s life, including high school teammates, former Patriots players, and semi-pro football teammates of Odin Lloyd.

Aaron Hernandez being led away in handcuffs

While the series relies somewhat heavily on unverifiable information (such as interviews with Steve Sancoucie, who discussed engaging in a closeted sexual relationship with Hernandez throughout high school), it paints a picture of an emotionally stunted man who turned to violence as a means to mask his insecurity and past trauma. It doesn’t attempt to excuse the inexcusable, but it does provide context and nuance to a story that shocked us all. The series provides frank discussion about the tragic circumstances that created a murderer, including beatings at the hands of his father, childhood molestation, toxic masculinity, and horrific brain injury sustained on the gridiron that culminated in a deadly case of CTE.

The docuseries doesn’t reveal anything we didn’t already know about the sad Aaron Hernandez case, but it provides texture to the narrative and consolidates the information in a way that leaves the viewer pondering about society’s role in stories like this one.

OBJ is Getting Spanked by the Law

It’s not every day that we get to take in the headline “Arrest Warrant Issued After NFL Superstar Spanks Security Guard”, but here we are.

Odell Beckham Jr. is in hot water after taking his post-championship celebration in the LSU locker room a tad too far. Video footage taken after LSU beat Clemson for the national title shows Beckham slapping the bottom of a Superdome security officer who asked players to extinguish their celebratory cigars. 

Police initially wanted to charge Beckham with a sexual battery charge (which could not be expunged from his record) but ended up issuing a warrant for simple battery instead. Beckham could be facing up to six months in jail and a $1000 fine, but as of Friday morning he has yet to turn himself in.

Worth Watching

Marshawn Lynch dropped some pearls of wisdom for the younger generation of NFL players in what could be his final postgame press conference as a player. (FYI for hicks like me: “chicken” is money.) Check it out.

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