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Old 04-15-2015, 07:30 PM   #1
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Aaron Hernandez Guilty of Murder, and of Wasting His Own Golden Life
By John Walters 4/15/15 at 6:12 PM




“He threw that one away.”

You hear this every Sunday in autumn, from the mouths of both NFL announcers and bar stool analysts. In football parlance, it refers to a quarterback intentionally spiraling a pass out of bounds, far over the heads and beyond the grasps of any players on the field. The passer is wasting a down, but only to avoid a potentially more dire outcome, such as a sack or an interception. He threw that one away refers to having no desirable options and thus choosing the least undesirable.

On Wednesday morning, former New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, that verdict carries a mandatory sentence of life without parole. Hernandez threw that one away. He launched his life far beyond the field of play and into, as long as he lives, the inside of a jail cell. Why?



The tragedy of Hernandez’s now wasted life is that there were no metaphorical pass rushers in his face. No imminent sacks or turnovers in his future. In the gridiron vernacular, he was running in the open field.


On June 17, 2013, in the predawn hours when Lloyd, 27, was shot five times, twice in the chest, Hernandez was 23 years old. A former All-American at the University of Florida, where he helped the Gators win the 2008 national championship, Hernandez had already played three seasons in the NFL.

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound stud was not selected until the fourth round of the NFL draft as questions—in hindsight, well-founded ones—swirled around his character. And yet the Bristol, Connecticut, native had dropped into the ideal professional situation. His quarterback was Tom Brady, one of the all-time greats, a designation that also fit his head coach, Bill Belichick. Hernandez may not have been the team’s top tight end, but only because the Patriots’ other player at that position, Rob Gronkowski, was the league’s best.

The Pats had selected both tight ends in that 2010 draft, and it was not a matter of redundancy. Belichick placed both tall, strong and athletic receivers on the field at the same time, creating nightmares for opposing defensive coordinators. In their three seasons together, Gronkowski and Hernandez caught 187 and 175 passes, respectively. Hernandez had just 12 fewer receptions despite playing in five fewer games than his 6-foot-6 teammate due to injury.

As a tandem, Gronkowski and Hernandez were in the early stages of becoming an unstoppable weapon. In their second season, for example, they set NFL records for receptions (169), yardage (2,237) and touchdowns (24) by tight ends on the same team, as the Patriots advanced to Super Bowl XLVI. Hernandez even caught a 12-yard touchdown pass in that contest, but the Patriots lost to the New York Giants, 21-17.

Hernandez had youth, glory, outstanding physical gifts and, of course, wealth. The Patriots treasured the pair. During that 2012 offseason, New England signed “Gronk” to a six-year, $54 million extension, but Patriots owner Robert Kraft gave Hernandez no reason to feel neglected. In August, just days before the season would kick off, the Pats signed Hernandez to a five-year, $40 million extension that included a $12.5 million signing bonus.

Gronkowski’s extension was the largest ever doled out to an NFL tight end, while Hernandez’s signing bonus also set a new benchmark for the position. They were 24 and 23 years old, respectively. Their futures, and the Pats’ for the next five seasons, were set.

There’s a song by the rap group Geto Boys titled “Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta,” and from what has been unearthed about Hernandez’s past, both at the University of Florida and in New England, he subscribed to that credo. In addition to the Lloyd conviction, he was indicted last May for a double homicide in 2012.

Not long after Hernandez was arrested in June 2013, former Patriots teammate Matt Light was asked about him by the Dayton Daily News. Keep in mind that Light, a three-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle, played 11 seasons in New England and won three Super Bowls. “I never talk about other guys,” said Light, “but I will say I have never embraced—never believed in—anything Aaron Hernandez stood for.” Those are sentiments you never hear one professional athlete say about a teammate.

Last January 29, just a few days before the Patriots met the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona, Hernandez’s murder trial commenced in Fall River, Massachusetts. During his opening statement, Michael Fee, Hernandez’s defense attorney, asked jurors why a professional football player with that much money and “the world at his feet” would throw it all away.

“Why?” asked Fee. “Why would Aaron Hernandez do this?”

There is no good answer.
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So glad the jury saw beyond Aaron Hernandez's celebrity status and convicted his ass. It is so obvious that Hernandez murdered Odin Lloyd. Hernandez has a history of shooting people and he is charged with more murder besides this one.
Don't feel sorry for him at all.... the jury got it right on.
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So glad the jury saw beyond Aaron Hernandez's celebrity status and convicted his ass. It is so obvious that Hernandez murdered Odin Lloyd. Hernandez has a history of shooting people and he is charged with more murder besides this one.
Don't feel sorry for him at all.... the jury got it right on.


Yeah!! But why he didn't show better Judgment. Not even just judgment, he knows better than to kill another human being! ! To throw his young life and career away like he did! Prison and in the end answering to God for what he did!
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The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.

Aaron Hernandez's life is over.
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Foolish people on Ebay are buying Aaron Hernandez memorabilia thinking it will increase in value.

What Fools We Mortals Be.
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Jackasses!

I have seen some tweets where some idiot women actually comment that Hernandez is still "hot" even if he is a murderer. What 'effing fools. Personally, I find Aaron Hernandez to be hideous and repulsive.
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He had it all and really throw such a good career away and ruined a lot of peoples' lives. His family and the families of like those of Odell Lloyd's.
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Money can not buy class. I just think the guy's pure evil. That's the only explanation for throwing his career away like that.
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Money can not buy class. I just think the guy's pure evil. That's the only explanation for throwing his career away like that.
Forget the career... he threw away human life like that. Aaron Hernandez is not a human. He is a monster.
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Most definitely a monster. This man had everything to live for; riches, a beautiful fiance and infant daughter, great career. He just thought he was above it all and could do anything he wanted and get away with it. He killed two guys over a spilled drink, then killed Odin Lloyd because he knew too much. He's an animal, and he's where he should be.
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Aaron Hernandez is currently awaiting two separate murder charges for the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
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Former NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Hangs Himself in Prison, Officials Say
by Jason Hanna and Eric Levenson, CNN
April 19, 2017


Convicted murderer and former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found hanged in his Massachusetts prison cell Wednesday morning, officials said, just days after his acquittal in a double murder case.

The 27-year-old former tight end for the New England Patriots hanged himself with a bedsheet attached to a window in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, the Massachusetts Department of Correction said. His body was discovered at 3:05 a.m.

"Lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez, and he was transported to UMass Leominster, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.," the correction department's statement reads.





Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence, was alone in his cell in a general population wing and had "attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items," the statement reads.

The Massachusetts State Police are investigating his death. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death, the Worcester County district attorney's office said.





Jose Baez, an attorney for Hernandez, has been retained by the athlete's family to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death and will act as the executor of his estate, according to a statement from Baez.

"The family and legal team is shocked and surprised at the news of Aaron's death," Baez said in the statement. "There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible.

Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence. Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death.
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His death marks one of the most dramatic falls from grace by an athlete in recent memory, and comes the same day that many of his former teammates visit the White House as Super Bowl champions.

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I hope he was actually murdered due to an inside job ordered by one or two of the double homicide victims friends or family... Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

Karma is a bitch and it looks like it finally caught up with that pig Aaron Hernandez.
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I hope he was actually murdered due to an inside job ordered by one or two of the double homicide victims friends or family... Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

Karma is a bitch and it looks like it finally caught up with that pig Aaron Hernandez.
It said he killed himself. Why are you so hung up on this guy getting murdered? Said he wasn't. Yes, he's a pig, but he's dead so the case is closed. Like I said, why are you so obsessed with murder?
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It said he killed himself. Why are you so hung up on this guy getting murdered? Said he wasn't. Yes, he's a pig, but he's dead so the case is closed. Like I said, why are you so obsessed with murder?
Wawwie isn't obsessed with Hernandez getting murdered. It's not cool saying that someone is hung up/obsessed. She's simply expressing her opinion of which she has every right. Play nice.
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