Multiple law enforcement sources told Newsweek that evidence increasingly points to former stand-out NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez's secret "bisexuality" playing a key role in his murder of Odin Lloyd, an act which resulted in a life sentence in prison with no possibility of parole. Hernandez's alleged bisexuality, officials say, was further confirmed this week by the fact that he wrote one of the three suicide notes he left before hanging himself in his cell Wednesday to his gay lover in prison.
Despite being a superstar college player at the University of Florida and being drafted in 2010 by the New England Patriots, for whom he was a productive tight end, Hernandez never fully turned away from his criminal past nor distanced himself from his gang connections. In June 2013, Hernandez was charged with the murder of his friend Odin Lloyd and convicted of first degree murder in April 2015. Why Hernandez murdered Lloyd has been a matter of much speculation, but the leading theory was that Lloyd had some form of incriminating evidence against Hernandez, likely connected to a double murder for which the athlete was charged but ultimately not convicted.
But according to "multiple law enforcement officials directly involved in the case," the incriminating information Lloyd knew may have involved the athlete's sexuality.
[I]nterviews with multiple law enforcement officials directly involved in the case say Lloyd — a semipro football player who was dating Hernandez’s fiance’s sister at the time — had information the football star did not want out: that he was bisexual.
One of the notes left by Hernandez was to his prison boyfriend, who is now on 24/7 suicide watch, multiple law enforcement sources confirm. Hernandez’s sexuality would, of course, not be relevant save for the fact that an intimate relationship he allegedly had with a male former high school classmate was at the center of the investigation into Lloyd’s murder.
Lloyd seems to have learned about Hernandez's secret love life and revealed that to the tight end. That allegation appears to be backed up by a statement made by a co-defendant in the Lloyd murder trial:
Ernest Wallace, a co-defendant in the Lloyd murder case, told detectives the victim had called Hernandez a “schmoocher,” which was taken by Hernandez and his companions as a gay slur. Wallace was also recorded saying during a jailhouse visit with Tanya Singleton, Hernandez’s cousin, that he would not have helped Hernandez get rid of the murder weapon — a crime for which he is now serving a 4½-to-7 year sentence on accessory to murder charges — if he had known Hernandez was a “limp wrist,” multiple sources say.
The man Newsweek describes as Hernandez's "alleged longtime male lover" from high school was interviewed by authorities after the murder of Lloyd. Before being arrested, officials say that Hernandez moved large amounts of money to three accounts: "one account was for his fiancée; a second was for his daughter; the third, where the most money was moved, was for that friend." Officials say that Hernandez similarly left three suicide notes this week, one to his fiancée, one to his daughter, and one to his alleged gay lover in prison, who is now on "24/7 suicide watch."
Whether or not his alleged bisexuality played a role in his murder of Odin, the sordid, crime-ridden record of Hernandez paints a portrait of a man who lived a reckless life of criminality and violence that was destined to end in tragedy.
H/t New York Post.