Aaron Hernandez to be Portrayed by Josh Andrés Rivera in New Series

It was recently announced that Ryan Murphy’s upcoming anthological series will be focused on former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, who will be portrayed by Josh Andrés Rivera.

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The show is titled ‘American Sports Story’, and the first season will be based on the podcast Boston Globe and Wondery’s Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc. Hernandez was an American football tight end, who played in the National Football League (NFL) for three seasons.


He played with the New England Patriots until he was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez was eventually convicted with a life sentence for first-degree murder, and was later on found dead in his prison cell.

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Moreover, the late athlete allegedly had a lover, who goes by the name of Kyle Kennedy, when he was in prison.

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Going back to Murphy’s upcoming show, ‘American Sports Story’ is described as a “scripted anthological limited series focusing on a prominent event involving a sports figure and re-examines it through the prism of today’s world, telling that story from multiple perspectives.”

Aside from ‘Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ star Rivera, Patrick Schwarzenegger will also be portraying the role of Tim Tebow, who was Hernandez’s longtime friend and teammate at the University of Florida. 

Sources: etonline.com, en.wikipedia.org, deadline.com

1 thought on “Aaron Hernandez to be Portrayed by Josh Andrés Rivera in New Series”

  1. I remember several interviews with people close to Aaron stating that the fact that he was gay caused him to have internal strife which led to violent outbursts.

    Multiple people close to Aaron Hernandez say the late Patriots star turned convicted murderer was gay, and that internal strife about his sexuality may have been a factor in his violent behavior.(via TMZ.com).

    George Leontire, an openly gay lawyer who represented Hernandez, says that he and Hernandez discussed his sexuality.
    “This man clearly was gay,” Leontire says. “[He] acknowledged it. Acknowledged the immense pain that it caused him.”

    The NFL star’s desperation to keep his sexuality a secret has been suggested as a possible motive for him shooting dead former friend Odin Lloyd.

    Aaron Hernandez tearfully told his mother that he was gay in a heated exchange during one of the family’s prison visits to the convicted football star, his brother shared.
    Jonathan Hernandez shared in an interview with Dr. Oz that his troubled brother and mother had been bickering when Aaron stressed to her that she was going to die while never knowing her son.

    All around sad.


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