What in the world hap­pened to Aaron Her­nandez? A $40 mil­lion ath­lete with enor­mous gifts and seem­ingly a ton of grat­i­tude for oppor­tu­ni­ties given and taken?

You have to look at it in a con­text that’s larger than sports,” says Dan Liebowitz, though sports is his spe­cialty as exe­cec­u­tive director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at North­eastern University.

Maybe there’s a lead­er­ship ques­tion that we have to ask here about the way we accul­turate boys, the way we edu­cate people in the sports realm as well as other realms, from youth sports on up,” Liebowitz says.

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