Former Patriots teammate detailed Aaron Hernandez's freaky behavior

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Layer by layer, bit by bit, more is being uncovered about the brief, troubled life of onetime National Football League star-turned-convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez, who is the subject of an exhaustive new investigation by the Boston Globe.

Some of Aaron Hernandez's former New England Patriots teammates described his behavior during his last season with the team as erratic and troubling, according to an investigative series by The Boston Globe.

Jonathan told the Globe that both he and his brother "lived in constant fear of their father's beatings" while growing up in Bristol, Connecticut. Though there is no excuse for the terrible crimes Aaron has committed, his history adds a odd and unusual level of sympathy felt by those who have watched his downfall closely.

More information on the troubled life of Aaron Hernandez continues to come to life. Hernandez was found not guilty in a double murder case the week before his suicide. One of Aaron's lawyers, George Leontire, also claimed that Aaron had told him of the sexual abuse as a child.

The Globe adds greater context to Hernandez's relationship with his deceased father, whose death during Hernandez's junior year of high school is often marked as the dark turning point for the former Patriots standout.

However, neither Jonathan or his lawyer were willing to identify who abused Aaron, and declined to say more.

SanSoucie also told The Globe he had a sexual relationship with Hernandez in middle school and high school, a relationship they hid from everyone. "We didn't want people to know", SanSoucie told The Globe.

"I picked up the phone once to call, to seek help", Jonathan told the Globe. Talking. Acting. Looking. It was the furthest thing my father wanted you to even look like in our household. 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. "This was not acceptable to him".