Aaron Hernandez is currently in jail awaiting trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, but that may not be the only serious charge he faces when all is said and done. Investigators are reportedly looking into Hernandez’s possible involvement in a double murder that took place in 2012 in Boston. In addition, there has also been speculation that he was involved in a shooting in Gainesville back in 2007 and another incident during college when he allegedly ruptured a bouncer’s ear drum.
Hernandez never got into any serious trouble with the law while at Florida. It’s possible his name is being unfairly thrown into the mix with past incidents of fighting and gunfire, but there is a growing belief that Urban Meyer and the Gators protected Hernandez. As Bob Hunter of The Columbus Dispatch pointed out, Meyer’s wife and daughter seemingly defended him earlier this week.
When will we start holding individuals accountable for their own decisions/actions and stop blaming any/everyone else? #liveyourliferight
— Shelley meyer (@spinnershells) July 3, 2013
— Gigi Meyer (@GG_40) July 3, 2013
When Hernandez allegedly punched the bouncer and broke his ear drum in 2007, one report says Gainesville police recommended a felony charge. Instead, Florida reached a settlement with the victim and it all went away. His name was also included in the incident report from the 2007 shooting in Gainesville, but nothing ever came of that.
Athletes at schools with elite sports programs receive special treatment all the time. Hernandez was no different, but many feel Florida crossed the line in protecting him and helped create a monster. We’ll never really know if that was the case.
H/T Wesley Lowery