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The Downfall Of Former NFL Star Aaron Hernandez

Monday 01st, July 2013 / 09:51 Written by

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’ John 8:7 (NRSVA)

The above Bible quote will come into play a little later in my blog about the now former NFL TE Aaron Hernandez, who I am sure most of you know by now has been arrested for the murder of his friend, Odin Lloyd, along with 3 others. Hernandez is also being investigated in connection of a double murder that happened back in 2012.

When I heard about the murder of Odin Lloyd on June 17, and the possible ties that then Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez might have had to the crime, I just wanted to throw up.

Being that the death of Lloyd was around the same time, six years ago, when WWE Superstar Chris Benoit committed that horrid murder-suicide, I was feeling, “Please. Let’s not have a high profile athlete involved in a murder again.”

Like I was a fan of Benoit, I am a fan of the Patriots, so I was just on pins and needles. However, the more I heard, the more likely it looked that Hernandez was going to be nailed with something. Well, he sure was.

Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with the execution style murder of his friend, Odin Lloyd, on Wednesday, June 26. Hernandez was also charged with 5 gun charges.

Like when I heard the truth behind the deaths of the Benoit family 6 years ago, I felt like I was punched in the gut. Just the sight of seeing Hernandez, a top, potential superstar in the NFL broke my heart.

Seeing Hernandez being led from his home in handcuffs, dropped by the Patriots, and being charged in Court for murder made me just want to lay in bed till the feeling of illness passed. Since the Benoit case, I had never been so nauseated.

I didn’t just feel sick, but angry. I also felt sadness. Hernandez was given a huge contract by his former team, the New England Patriots. Team owner Bob Kraft and Coach Bill Belichick felt Hernandez was the future for the high powered offense, and a player who fit into the “Patriot Way.”

Despite his talent at Bristol Central High School, and at the University of Florida, Hernandez did have a checkered past as far as his behavior was concerned (marijuana use and other things).
That checkered past caused him to fall to the 4th Round to the Patriots in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Hernandez became a valuable, and versatile piece in the New England Offense. He was playing with a sure fire first ballot Hall of Fame QB, and was being coached by one of the best coaches in the NFL. The owner of the team is all class.

What does Hernandez do? Much like Chris Benoit (who I admit may have had psychological issues due to steroids and concussions), who had finally got a run in WWE as the top guy, was one of the most respected wrestlers amongst his peers AND fans alike, and had amazing talent, Hernandez throws it all away by ALLEGEDLY, along with three others, mercilessly murders his friend Odin Lloyd. The reason, per the prosecutors, was ALLEGEDLY, that Hernandez’friend Lloyd spoke to the “wrong people.”

The whole situation is just sad. Sorry to see talent go to waste like that.

Of course, the Patriots are being second guessed about drafting Hernandez in the first place, and like usual, are becoming the whipping boys for the NFL by fans, and ESPN. No surprise there.

Here is where the Bible verse that kicked off this blog comes in. Here it is again:

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’ John 8:7 (NRSVA)

The idea behind the verse is obvious. Make sure you don’t have anything wrong with you, before you start condemning someone else.

My point is, obviously, the Patriots made a huge mistake in drafting Hernandez, and extending him. They will take a huge cap hit due to their cutting him, but I feel they made the right decision. The team decided a week prior that if Hernandez was arrested, he would be cut. The team obviously realized their mistake.

I think that it is dangerous to second guess the Patriots’ drafting of Hernandez. I mean, I think they knew that Hernandez had some issues. Corey Dillon, Rodney Harrison, for example, had their issues, but adapted to the “Patriot Way.”

I just think that to imply that the Patriots “should have known” that Hernandez was ALLEGEDLY going to turn out to be a cold blooded assassin is really stretching it.

I could sit here and list all the other 31 teams in the NFL who had players who had been either accused of committing (Big Ben, Ray Lewis )or actually committed (Rae Carruth)serious crimes, and even not so serious (bad but not a serious felony).

My point again being, not everyone on every team is a choirboy. Even that Lawrence Little got to play in the NFL.

Last, but not least, I am sure Patriot fans are still shocked over all this, even just NFL fans in general. We fans have to remember, these are human beings with extraordinary talent.

We don’t know them personally, even though we think we do from reading about them on the Internet, and all that. We don’t go home with them after the game. We don’t hang out in their world, so to speak.

We can learn from this tragic Aaron Hernandez saga, you just never know what goes on behind closed doors.

Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/giopontifan

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Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/giopontifan

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