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.
"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.