Aaron Hernandez's brother, Jonathan Hernandez, has made his first public statement since the death of the former New England Patriots star.
"From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone who has supported my mother and me during such difficult times.
"My younger brother Aaron was far from perfect, but I will always love him. Many stories about my brother's life have been shared with the public — except the story Aaron was brave enough to share with our mother and me. It's the one story he wanted us to share with the world.
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"It is Aaron's truth," Hernandez wrote.
Hernandez is the older brother of the former NFL player, who was convicted of a 2013 murder and was serving life in prison before committing suicide.
Earlier this month, a Massachusetts judge threw out the murder conviction because Aaron Hernandez died before his appeal could be heard.
Jonathan, once known as DJ, was a former University of Connecticut football quarterback.