Reports last week – some tabloid-ish, some from more credible news outlets – said Aaron Hernandez led a bi-sexual lifestyle and that covering up his secret may have been a motive for murdering Odin Lloyd.
Gay-rights advocates want to know why Hernandez’s sexual orientation is relevant.
Newsweek, though, addressed that question when it reported Hernandez left three notes in his prison cell before hanging himself. According to Newsweek’s law enforcement sources, one of those notes was written to his fiance, one to his four-year-old daughter and one to his gay prison lover, who was himself put on suicide watch.
“Hernandez’s sexuality would, of course, not be relevant save for the fact that an intimate relationship he allegedly had with a male former high school classmate was at the center of the investigation into Lloyd’s murder,” Newsweek wrote.
The Daily Mail reported Hernandez’s behind-bars boyfriend was 22-year-old Kyle Kennedy, who is in jail for robbing someone with a knife. Kennedy was gifted a $50,000 watch by Hernandez and was the last person to see Hernandez alive, according to the report.
Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of LGBT sports website Outsports.com, told the Boston Globe, “I understand there’s prurient interest in this information, but there’s no public interest in this information. What relevance is there to the public interest of who someone has sex with, particularly in prison? If that’s of public interest, why don’t we start outing everybody?”
Arline Isaacson, co-chair of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus, agreed with Zeigler that Hernandez’s sexual preference isn’t relevant, adding that people continuing to speculate about it makes being gay “seem dirty.”
To Isaacson’s point, the response to the Newsweek report from prominent NFL blog Pro Football Talk was posted with the headline, “The Aaron Hernandez smear campaign apparently has begun.”
So, Hernandez, a convicted murder, is being “smeared” by being called gay?
PFT explains, “The ‘law enforcement sources’ who are leaking this information on an anonymous basis apparently believe they are smearing Hernandez, possibly as a warning to those who plan to challenge whether prison officials failed to take steps aimed at preventing Hernandez from committing suicide.”
While LGBT activists insist Hernandez’s alleged bi-sexuality is not relevant, his family seems to think it is.
On Monday, the same day of Hernandez’s funeral, his family was granted permission by Judge Thomas F. McGuire Jr. to see the three letters he left behind.
“This family doesn’t know if he had a gay lover in the prison. Or didn’t have a gay lover in the prison,” his lawyer George Leontire said. “Allegedly, one of the notes is to a gay lover. They have a right to know that.”