Sports Commentary 6/27/13
The down fall of Aaron Hernandez
WHAT BAD PEOPLE DO
What was he thinking? Aaron Hernandez is innocent until proven guilty, but right now it’s hard not to believe that somewhere along the line, even if he is not guilty of the heinous crime with which he’s charged, he jeopardized what could have been a brilliant future by doing something illegal. Aaron Hernandez had the world on a string. He was a sports hero in a sports mad region of the country. He had just signed a $40 million contract extension with the NFL New England Patriots. The prototypical tight end, he collected $13 million of a $16 million dollar signing bonus up front. Money already earned, money in the bank, more money coming, lots and lots of money. What could he possibly have been thinking when he continued to associate himself with bad people, people his older brother, D.J., the former UCONN football star, tried hard to steer him away from? What could he have been thinking when he texted two of those acquaintances to travel from Connecticut to his home in North Attleboro, Massachussets to pay a late night call on a 27 year old semi pro football player with whom he’d had a disagreement at a Boston night club earlier in the month? Those text’s would later be used in evidence against him. What could Aaron Hernandez have been thinking when he and those friends from Connecticut left his palatial Bay State home, armed with guns, under the full view of his own home security system, to pick up the man who would eventually be found dead less than a mile from that palatial estate. He had to know the “eye in the sky” he had had installed himself was a constant presence. It’s very design was to allow him to pick up a computer or an I-pod any time of day or night from anywhere in the world and check in on his home in real time. 24-7, that was the nature of the beast that would eventually turn on him and give law enforcement authorities a perfect, and indisputable time line on when he left, when he returned and it’s sequential fit with the time when gunshots were reported from the scene of the crime. What was he thinking when he attempted to destroy the video evidence chronicled by the security system, or when he destroyed his cell phone? Obstruction of justice alone would make him compliant enough in a crime so hideous he would never again play in the National Football League. His rich and famous lifestyle would be lost to him forever. How could he throw it all away? What was he thinking when he allegedly committed a senseless act of revenge over a seemingly small incident? Watching him in court yesterday, at his arraignment, observing his demeanor, it became more clear. Aaron Herndandez was a deer in the headlights, seemingly unaware of the gravity of his situation and how much it had cost him. The Patriots released him within hours of his arrest. Gone was the remainder of his $40 million, gone was the final three million of his signing bonus. He may never see the inside of his grand mansion again. The answer is simple. He wasn’t thinking beyond the lifestyle he was accustomed to before he became rich and famous, the lifestyle on display in the gang related tattoos up and down his arms. Aaron Hernandez is not a good person. We tried to make him out to be a good person because we wanted him to live up to the sports hero status we had bestowed upon him. Aaron Hernandez is a bad person and, regardless of their lifestyle, regardless of their wealth and fame, bad people do bad things. With a comment from the sports world, I’m Scott Gray.