It’s been over two years since former NFL star Aaron Hernandez died from suicide while serving out a life sentence at a Massachusetts prison in 2017.
In Netflix‘s new docu-series Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez which premiered online this week, the streaming giant gave viewers a compelling and fascinating look at the tragic series of events and factors that led to the football player’s demise.
Reliving everything through the doc is no doubt a painful experience for those who knew the 27-year-old and were affected by his alleged crimes. In the wake of its release and all of the attention that’s come with it, the athlete’s former fiancé Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez is has announced she’s taking an extended break from social media.
Taking to Instagram on Thursday, Shayanna wrote:
“I wanted to let all of you sweet sweet souls know I have tried to read every message sent on IG and through email (positive and negative) … The amount of support and positive energy is again unreal! I’m sure you will all understand how imperative it is to take some time away from social media.”
She captioned the post (below) with “#stayhumble” with a kissing face emoji:
Although she doesn’t outright reference the Netflix production, it’s hard to imagine her post could be about anything else. Shayanna did fiercely defend her late spuse to the very end despite all the evidence against him, so we can understand where some of those “negative” messages she mentioned might be coming from.
For those who aren’t caught up yet, the three-part documentary included interviews with the late athlete’s friends, family members, and former teammates in an attempt to uncover where things first went wrong with Aaron.
It also featured footage of the star’s public trials for the first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd and alleged drive-by shooting deaths of two other men of which he was accused. Just days after Hernandez was acquitted for the second aforementioned offense, the world was stunned after he was found dead in his jail cell.
Aaron’s sexuality was also discussed at length as it was revealed he allegedly had sex with other men before and during his engagement to Jenkins-Hernandez. Additionally, the filmmakers shine a light on how his difficult childhood (he was sexually abused by a male babysitter when he was young, among other hardships), his advanced chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) that is believed to have influenced his violent behavior, and internal struggles with being gay may have all contributed to the star’s fate.
Perezcious readers, have YOU checked out the shocking series yet? Let us know in the comments…
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