Hernandez's brother, Jonathan, told the Globe their father had physically abused them when they were boys.
Hernandez committed suicide in prison after being convicted of murder and was acquitted of others. Researchers found that Aaron had one of the most advanced cases of CTE found in a player as young as him. The beatings were sometimes related to Dennis Hernandez's drinking. Jonathan also said Aaron had told him he had been sexually abused as a child.
"I remember [Aaron] wanted to be a cheerleader", Jonathan said.
"And his response was, 'Call them.' And he handed me the phone, and he said, 'I'm going to beat you even harder, you and your brother, and they're going to have to pull me off of you when they knock down the door'".
Homophobic slurs were used "all the time in our house", Jonathan Hernandez told the Globe. Friends took note that Hernandez didn't cry when his father died at age 49 from routine hernia surgery, according to The Globe, and yet some believe he never recovered from his father's death.
Aaron Hernandez in court in 2013.
The Globe also spoke to one of Hernandez' childhood teammates, Dennis SanSoucie, who claimed he had a homosexual relationship with Hernandez in middle school and high school.
He recalled one instance where he and Aaron were walking near the high school on the first day of their junior year when they "were baked". He said the pair would smoke marijuana before and after football practice and also had a sexual relationship. SanSoucie's father Tim had once been on the receiving end of a punch from Hernandez's father when Tim was coaching their sons' youth tackle football team. "Me and him were very much into trying to hide what we were doing".
SanSoucie told the Globe that he and Aaron had chemistry both on and off the field.
Lloyd recalled that Hernandez said he would "f-- up" fellow receiver Wes Welker during that 2012 training camp, after Welker had teased the tight end about needing help in the film room, according to the report.