Normally a player’s personal life doesn’t interest me much. Sure, I read about what’s going on from time to time but I like to base my opinion solely on their performance on the court/field and nothing else. Mostly because everyone, including non-athletes, have personal problems. Even the greatest sports figures in the history of mankind (Ali, Ruth, Jordan) all had one or two problems away from where their did their best work. In certain cases the situations that athletes put themselves in can skew towards illegal or at the very least “frowned upon” by their teams or fans. I’m not one to get all up in arms (is that how you say it?) if an athlete say, smokes a bit of marijuana or does a little gambling/betting with his friends. As long as it doesn’t turn into an addiction and results into players getting into serious financial troubles that lead into worse circumstances. But when the words “murder” or “rape” or “child/spouse abuse” start getting seriously involved with an athlete, it’s time to get investigate and form an opinion based on the information given. That’s the case with Patriots’ (former) TE Aaron Hernandez because as of this morning, he’s been arrested by Massachusetts State Police.
The police haven’t given an official statement as to exactly why Hernandez was arrested but there’s no doubt that it’s about his alleged involvement with the murder of an “associate” named Odin Lloyd. Authorities have spent a lot time in and around Hernandez’s home for about a week now, trying to find out if he was somehow involved after the body of Lloyd was found only one mile away. Reports have surfaced that the security system in the home was destroyed along with his cell phone. Authorities entered Hernandez’s home this past weekend, spending over 3 hours inside and leaving with more than a dozen bags of evidence. There are also reports that surveillance video from neighbors shows Hernandez with Lloyd and two others only a couple of hours before he was killed. So as of right now, things look very bleak for Hernandez but then again, i’m not a lawyer nor did I study law. He hasn’t issued a statement but his lawyer has, of course claiming that all these accusations/rumors are false. The Patriots, being the ruthless organization they are, took swift action and within two hours of his arrest released Hernandez from their team. Not surprising at all because I have a feeling that it’s going to be a while before Aaron Hernandez gets complete freedom, let alone plays professional football.
UPDATE: Aaron Hernandez In Court Charged With Murder