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Who Is Dennis Sansoucie? New Details About Aaron Hernandez's Alleged Gay Lover

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Who Is Dennis Sansoucie?

Rumors have swirled about late NFL star Aaron Hernandez for years. He was a college and NFL star. He served time for the murder of Odin Lloyd. He committed suicide. Why? Was it the repeated concussions in a long football career that caused CTE and messed with his mind? Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease found in athletes, military veterans, and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma. In CTE, a protein called Tau forms clumps that slowly spread throughout the brain, killing brain cells.

Another school of thought is that Hernandez was a closeted gay man and that may have driven him to take his own life. In any case, Hernandez's story is a sad one. However, one man may be able to shed some light on who Aaron Hernandez was. That man is high school friend Dennis Sansoucie. Who is Dennis Sansoucie?

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1. High School teammates

Dennis Sansoucie played football alongside Aaron Hernandez at Bristol Central High School in Connecticut. Sansoucie was the quarterback of his high school team. Hernandez was a receiver. In the first four games of their junior year, they connected for nine touchdowns. During that season Hernandez caught 67 passes for 1,807 yards, set state records and caught the attention of college recruiters from coast to coast. 

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2. When did their relationship start?

Sansoucie claims that he and Hernandez began a sexual relationship while in middle school. Sansoucie claims he was in a romantic relationship with Hernandez and that they were trying to hide what they were doing from friends and family. Hernandez started dating Shayanna Jenkins, who would later become the mother of his child and his fiancee. Sansoucie also said that Hernandez's dad worried that his son was gay.

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3. A marine

Dennis Sansoucie is a veteran of the Marine Corps and only came out after Aaron Hernandez killed himself.


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4. Aaron's home life

As a teenage Aaron and his brother were physically beaten by their father. In fact, Jonathan Hernandez has spoken out to say that his dad ran a home where homophobia was the order of the day and that his dad thought Aaron had "a feminine way about him." Dennis Hernandez freaked out when Aaron expressed a desire to become a cheerleader. Dennis Hernandez beat his sons when he felt they stepped out of line. One time it got so bad that Jonathan threatened to call the cops. Dennis Hernandez's response was, "Call them." He handed Jonathan the phone and 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."'  Jonathan Hernandez also said that Aaron was sexually abused as a child, which backed up a college girlfriend's claims that Hernandez told her he'd been molested. She said,"He never dealt with it. It led to issues in his sexuality."


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5. Aaron's suicide

The former New England Patriots star committed suicide five days after he was acquitted of gunning down two men in Boston.  Aaron reportedly took his own life two days after he was outed as gay on the radio show called The Kirk and Callahan Show.

6. CTE

After his death, Hernandez's family donated his brain to Boston University. Scientists discovered that Hernandez had the most severe case of CTE they had ever seen in a person his age. Hernandez was 27 years old. 


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Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based freelance writer covering entertainment, pop culture, beauty, fashion, fitness, technology, and the intersection of technology, business, and philanthropy. She is deeply devoted to her chocolate Labrador and an avid long distance runner. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook.