its always amazes me that people give athletes the benefit of the doubt so much. You always hear that the athlete is hanging around the bad crowd, just because they are atheletic doesnt mean that they ARENT the bad crowd
As the media — and it appears police — close in on New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, one of his former coaches at the University of Florida has offered a bit of insight into the ex-Gator:
“There were always people that were trying to surround themselves with him that weren’t in his best interest and they were around him. For him, it’s like anything else… He’s a good-hearted kid who had a hard time saying no…
He’s a lovable kid. He’s always welcome in my house and he’s always called my kids and talked to them. He’s a great kid, but since his father passed away the maturity part has been a little bit of a struggle.”
Hernandez — who signed a $40+ million contract with the Patriots last year — is very much a suspect in the murder of an associate in North Attleboro, a suburb of Boston. Reports claim he destroyed a cell phone and his home security cameras earlier this week which is — to say the least — suspicious.
Reports this week have linked Hernandez to gang activity in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut. It is well-known that he also admitted to failing multiple drug tests for marijuana at Florida before the NFL draft in 2010.