Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Aaron Hernandez: Released By The Patriots & Charged With Murder
Earlier this week, it was easy to say this was one of the worst times in Boston sports history: Ray Allen won an NBA title with the Heat, Doc Rivers left for the Clippers and the Bruins fell in the Stanley Cup Final to the Blackhawks. That all seems trivial and insignificant with the unthinkable chapter that unfolded today, the Patriots released tight end Aaron Hernandez and he was charged with the first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd and he also faces five other gun-related charges.
Now is not the time or place to lament the bind this puts the Patriots in next season. Hernandez was a great player but seriously, who cares? From the beginning when this started to unfold last week, I think most objective people had a feeling that this was going to get very ugly. Still, it was surreal to see Massachusetts State Police drag Hernandez out of his mansion in North Attleboro this morning then watching him appear in the Attleboro district court this afternoon.
There really isn't much to take away from a shocking event like this besides the fact that just like in real life, we can't assume that we know a single thing about a person even if they are famous-celebrities or athletes. Professional sports teams these days do their best to keep the knuckleheads in check and it's not like they can ever expect something horrific like this to transpire involving one of their players.
That is the only time I'm going to mention this since A) Hernandez is not on the Patriots anymore and B) I have nothing productive to add.