Arrested for one murder and under investigation for a separate double murder, former University of Florida football player Aaron Hernandez’ history of behavior is coming under increased scrutiny. Last weekend, Mike Bianchi in the Orlando Sentinel pointed out that Hernandez, along with three other Gator players, were questioned about a shooting in Gainesville back in 2007. None of the players were arrested.
Now the Gaineville Sun is fleshing out some details behind that investigation into the shooting back in September of that year. A man walked up a car and fired several shots with handgun – shooting one man in the arm and another man in the head. The men were able to drive themselves to the hospital. Gainesville police officer Ben Tobias:
“Hernandez’s name came up once in the report and he was questioned very briefly. Anytime we have an incident like that, we investigate and follow any lead whatsoever. We got his name as being in the area of that club, so we questioned him.”
Also questioned in the case was former Florida player Reggie Nelson, playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars at the time. and several Florida players that police did not identify at the time. Here’s how State Attorney Bill Cervone remembers it.
“My memory is that GPD was having a lot of trouble getting cooperation from the Pouncey twins (Mike and Maurkice) in terms of coming down and talking to them. Sooner or later they got their hands on the Pounceys. I never remember hearing Hernandez’s name, or Reggie Nelson. But if they got their hands on them and talked to them, they weren’t hot and bothered by them.”
Mike Pouncey currently plays for the Miami Dolphins. Twin brother Maurkice plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. No one was ever charged in the shooting and it remains an open case.