Anytime you’ve turned on your televisions to watch any type of sports news, you’ve heard about the Aaron Hernandez homicide investigation. Last week, a report came out stating that Aaron Hernandez was linked to the death of 27-year-old semi pro football player Odin Lloyd. For those of you who have heard me speak on the radio or off the mic, I’ve been very high on Aaron Hernandez as a football player. He displayed great versatility, speed, strength, power and could be used in a wide variety of ways on the football field. When Gronk was out, Aaron became Tom Brady’s go to guy and he had emerged as a top five tight end in our game today. His performance on the field was rewarded with a 5 year/$40 Million deal just last August. Things seemed to be looking up for Aaron, right?
I’ve spoken about this investigation twice on air over the past week and have voiced my opinion about this. A lot of things haven’t sat well with me with this. On June 17th 2013, the body of Odin Lloyd was found in an industrial park a mile away from the home of Aaron Hernandez. Secondly, he hires a cleaning service the next day which is extremely suspect to me right there. Third, it was reported that Aaron destroyed his cell phone and destroyed his surveillance system as well. After a four-hour search of his home on Saturday, the police left with about 15 bags of possible evidence. Today, Aaron was arrested and taken into police custody. After his arrest, the Patriots decided to release the star tight end after giving him a contract extension less than a year ago and later in the day he was charged with first degree murder and five gun-related charges.
This is extremely troubling for a young player who had a very bright future ahead of him. He had the potential to be one of the NFL’s very best. He’s a talented football player who won’t see the field for a very long time. Aaron Hernandez has had a history of incidents off the football field. He would’ve been a first round draft pick but after admitting to failing drug tests in the past, his draft stock dropped significantly and he was selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Patriots. With the Patriots, he and fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski established themselves as the premiere tight end tandem in the NFL.