Did former Florida Gator Aaron Hernandez Kill a Man? And How was Tim Tebow Involved?
Update 2: Aaron Hernandez definitely killed a man. Probably. This series of events does not scream innocent to me:
- Get questioned by police.
- Destroy home security system.
- Hand over a cell phone to authorities that is smashed to pieces.
Also, a report is now emerging that Hernandez was taunted by a New York Jets fan (presumably someone who disliked Tim Tebow) at a night club on May 18th. Police report that a weapon was seen at that incident.
Is it too late to make the “Aaron Hernandez is a libertarian who’s just trying to show a gun as many places as possible before the government invades his personal liberties and takes his firearms” argument? I guess it is.
Update: The Orlando Sentinel is reporting (“reminding” is the better word here) that Hernandez was also questioned in a shooting way back in 2007.
There are very few things that trump college football rivalries, and murder is certainly not one of them.
So, while this story may carry a different significance to those more closely involved, to me (a Georgia Bulldog fan) it is just this: Did a former Florida Gator kill a guy?
Here’s what we know:
- Aaron Hernandez starred as a tight-end/hybrid beast for the Florida Gators from 2007-2009.
- He slipped to the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft as a result (at least in part) of numerous failed drug tests and an admission to marijuana use during college.
- In 2010, as a rookie, he registered 45 catches for 563 yards and 7 TDs while starting seven games.
- In 2011 he started 10 games, registered 79 catches for 910 yards and 7 TDs.
- He then signed a big, fat contract worth $40 million.
- He appeared in 10 games in 2012 registering 51 catches for 483 yards and 5 TDs.
- On June 18th police swarmed Hernandez’s neighborhood to investigate a murder.
- Police searched the house and were also interested in a car that was rented in Hernandez’s name. Witnesses say law enforcement officials left his house with a cardboard box – presumably filled with interesting artifacts not related to football.
- Shortly thereafter TMZ learned that Hernandez was being sued by a different man for $100,000. The reason for the sought damages: the plaintiff says Hernandez shot him in the face. Now, if I’m shot in the face I want more than $100k, but maybe I have a better looking face than this guy. Either way, if true Hernandez might have a bit of a “mean streak,” so to speak.
- The suit was withdrawn from the court, but is said to be in the process of amendment for a re-file.
- It is now being reported that the victim of the recent murder was in fact with Hernandez on the night he was killed. Hernandez, the victim and two other men were seen together at a bar. They all left together in a car driven by Hernandez. Who knows what happened next, but only three men – all of whom were living – returned to Hernandez’s house later in the evening.
If you want to see what the parking lot outside of Gillete Stadium looks like in the middle of a June afternoon, now is your chance. A Boston Fox affiliate is offering live aerial coverage of Hernandez’s white SUV. Steve Silva, a senior sports producer for Boston.com is reporting that Hernandez will be arrested in connection to the murder.
Now, to point out the elephant in the room:
Tim Tebow had to have been involved. When the Patriots initially signed Hernandez in 2010 they added a “bonus” of sorts for good behavior. The short of it was this: if you behave – no drugs, arrests, etc. – for three years then this contract will be worth that of a third-round pick (remember he was chosen in the fourth round). The Pats were obviously encouraged by what they had seen or else they would not have leap-frogged through that total three-year bonus (it would have amounted to about $700k) after two years in favor of a $41 million deal.
So, Hernandez spends three years with Tebow at Florida: he uses drugs and gets into trouble. He gets pulled away from Tim Tebow: he remains on the straight and narrow. Tebow signs with the Patriots on June 10th: Hernandez immediately becomes a possible suspect in a murder.
I’ll try to keep you posted.
That’s all I got/