In March 2017, the club came to international media attention for their signing of Bruno Fernandes de Souza. Bruno was convicted of dismembering his mistress, Eliza Samudio, in 2010 and feeding her remains to his pet dogs, in a dispute over child support. In March 2013, he was sentenced to 22 years, however, he was granted release on appeal. This signing led to multiple sponsors, such as Gois and Silva, dropping the club and has led to protests and outrage in Brazil. Bruno's signing while awaiting appeal has led to various Human Rights organizations to protest that clubs like Boa Esporte do not value women or abuses against them by players.