Reimer: Few things sleazier than Jose Baez's never-ending PR tour for Aaron Hernandez

Alex Reimer
August 21, 2018 - 4:42 pm



When Aaron Hernandez took his own life last year, one of his prison mates, Kyle Kennedy, said he carried on a close relationship with the disgraced ex-Patriots star. Shortly thereafter, tawdry tabloids starting referring to the two men as “prison lovers,” sparking additional rumors about Hernandex’s sexuality. At the time, Hernandez’s attorney, Jose Baez, called the speculation “malicious.”

But nowadays, Baez is the one exploiting Hernandez for personal gain. His latest cash grab would make Kennedy blush.

The Baez-authored Hernandez biography, “Unnecessary Roughness: Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez,” was released Tuesday. In an interview with the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin, Baez says he wrote the book to “paint an accurate picture” of his former client. 

There’s certainly lots of pro-Hernandez spin. Baez, who’s suing the NFL on behalf of Hernandez’s young daughter for hiding the effects of CTE, heavily implies that brain trauma is responsible for Hernandez’s violent and erratic behavior. Hernandez, 27, was posthumously diagnosed with Stage 3 CTE –– the most severe ever found in a person his age, according to researchers at Boston University.

“When did Aaron decide this would be his last night on earth? Maybe the disease CTE knows,” Baez writes, per the Globe. “You can’t hold anyone with a serious brain disease responsible for their actions any more than you can a four-year-old child who pulls the trigger of a gun and kills a sibling.”

A right-hook from Mike Tyson is more subtle. Baez also appears to blame Bill Belichick for Hernandez’s troubles, saying the Patriots’ coach didn’t accept Hernandez’s request for a trade to the west coast, away from his volatile inner-circle.

“Had they taken it seriously, how would things have worked out?” Baez questions.

The whitewashed history of the convicted first-degree murderer is nauseating enough. But Baez takes the book into even deeper depths of sleaze when Hernandez’s sexuality is broached. In the forward, Shayanna Jenkins, the mother of Hernandez’s daughter, denies her husband was gay. “Aaron was very much a man with me," she writes. "I saw no indication he was gay or homosexual.”

The gross implication, of course, is that being gay would have somehow made Hernandez less of a man. And therein lies the distasteful nature of the Hernandez gay speculation: It’s presented as a means to ridicule. Hernandez has been dead for 16 months. His sexuality is irrelevant, except to Baez’s bank account.

That explains Baez’s slimy decision to release Hernandez’s prison notes. The three messages addressed to Baez, Jenkins and his daughter are harrowing. “Daddy will never leave you!,” Hernandez wrote to his daughter, Avielle. “I’’m entering a timeless realm in which I can enter into any form at any time because everything that could happen or not happened I see all at once! Life is eternal — believe!!" 

A man who calls himself one of Hernandez's protectors released his previously disclosed suicide notes. Keep that in mind next time Baez wails about the harsh commentary surrounding Hernandez's death. 

Jenkins doesn't have much ground to stand on, either. It’s apparent she cooperated with the project, and it’s not surprising. Jenkins is in a precarious financial state, given that Hernandez’s estate was worth nothing when he passed. While Hernandez’s home was sold for $ 1 million, his estate is currently attempting to fend off two wrongful death suits. 

Jenkins appeared on “Dr. Phil” less than one month after Hernandez’s suicide, where she also denied he was gay. This March, she appeared in the Hernandez two-part documentary, which lists Baez as a consulting producer. 

The documentary also dives into the gay speculation, with George Leontire, Hernandez’s openly gay attorney, proclaiming his one-time client was “clearly gay” and it caused him “immense pain.” Neither statement is expounded upon.

In addition, the documentary features Hernandez’s ex-college girlfriend, who cavalierly mentions he was sexually abused as a child.

Apparently, Baez didn’t find anything untoward about including those salacious accusations in his docu-series. He continues in the book, writing that police told him they found a man who confirmed he had a romantic relationship with Hernandez. 

Baez insists he’s fighting for Hernandez’s reputation. But in reality, he’s providing cover for a man who was convicted of one killing and may be responsible for a double-murder as well. On top of that, he’s pushing the very rumors that he says caused his client so much anguish.

These two guys were perfect for each other.