In 2017, NFL player Aaron Hernandez was serving time in prison after being convicted for the first-degree murder of a semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd when he was outed by a radio show of being gay. Two days later, he committed suicide in prison and since then many memoirs, podcasts, documentaries, etc tried to portray his life. And now, a three-part Netflix documentary, “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” sheds light on the topic, finally talking about his sexual orientation.

This once again brings into focus all the news reports and pieces of scattered info about the deceased NFL player into focus again. So, let’s meet the two men who have been called his lovers- Kyle Kennedy And Dennis Sansoucie:

1. Kyle Kennedy

Of the three letters Aaron Hernandez left behind before committing suicide, one was for 22-year-old Kyle Kennedy, according to a report in The Daily Mail, who was arrested in January 2015 for a knifepoint robbery at a Cumberland Farms gas station in Northbridge, Massachusetts. He led police on a high-speed chase and tried to run away after he was arrested. 

As Kyle Kennedy was the last person to see Hernandez alive, he has been put on suicide watch inside the maximum-security Souza-Baranowski Corrections Center. Reportedly, Hernandez gave him a $50,000 watch and other property shortly before he took his life.

2. Dennis Sansoucie

SanSoucie was in high school with Aaron Hernandez and was on the football team with him. “When I met Aaron, it was like meeting your twin brother. It was so funny; we were both the same. He has dimples, we’re both ‘cheesy smile,’ all happy. He used to be able to make everyone laugh,” SanSoucie shared with Netflix. He shared that he and Hernandez had “an on-and-off relationship from the 7th grade to the junior year of high school.”

But they never openly accepted their relationship as few people in his high school were “out of the closet” and they had to “hide what we were.”

“I was in such denial … because I was an athlete,” he said. “‘You mean to tell me that the quarterback and the tight end was gay? He sleeps with other men?’ No, it doesn’t sit right with people. It doesn’t sit right within our own stomach at that time.”It was SanSoucie’s dad, Tim SanSoucie, who was Aaron’s youth tackle football coach when he was 8. After high school, SanSoucie entered the U.S. Marine Corps and their secret relationship ended.