I watched it several hours ago and it's still bugging me. I guess you could call it "The case against Aaron Hernandez."
It was 40 minutes of riveting, horrifying television. 40 minutes of hell for Aaron Hernandez.
The Patriots former multi-million dollar tight end watching emotionless as a member of the district attorney's office carefully took us through their version of what happened in the early hours of June 17.
His account was both detailed and chilling. If you turned on in the middle of the hearing, you might have thought they were talking about Boston's infamous crime boss, Whitey Bulger. No, it was Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who allegedly pumped several bullets into a man he was partying with a few days earlier.
The short story as told by Bristol County Prosecutor William McCaughley: in the early hours of June 17, Hernandez and two of his friends drove to Odin Lloyd's home in Boston. There, the semi-pro player left his home, got in the car and drove with the three men to Hernandez' hometown of Attleboro, where Hernandez shot him multiple times.
Odin Lloyd was shot five times in an industrial park not far from Hernandez's home. He raised his arm as he lay on the ground, in a desperate attempt to fend off the bullets, McCaughley said.
The case layed out against Hernandez was strong enough to lead the judge to deny bail.
If only Hernandez had listened to Adam "I used to be Pac Man" Jones. This is the same guy who's been in trouble 10 or 11 times since 2005. Jones spoke at the NFL rookie symposium.
His message to the rookies:
"The message is...this is no joke. At the end of the day, you have to treat it like a business. And you're a business owner, and every decision you make is a reflection of you. What you do on the field, what you do off the field - it's all a reflection of you. Going to the club here, going to the club there, having 100 people with you, checking your advisers, your accountants. Just basic stuff."
I think the NFL should adopt a new mantra for its players: from everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded.
Cedric Thornton gets it. Thornton is a former Star City and SAU star who made the Philadelphia Eagles' roster as a free agent. Last Saturday, Thornton held his first "Life and Fundamentals" camp at War Memorial Stadium. For three hours, it was all about the kids and showing them that dreams can come true.
There are too many young stars who believe they are both irreplaceable and invincible.
Truth be told, we live in a time when, more often than not, gifted sports figures are coddled from high school to pro ball.
Take a look at the sports section of the "Arkansas Democrat Gazette" and see how many stories are done on top high school football players. If you're a blue chip football recruit, you quickly earn celebrity status. We will overlook a lot of faults if you run a 4.30 40.
Does Johnny Manziel play by the same rules as other Aggie football players? Judging from what I've read and heard, the answer to that question is 'no.'
What do football fans remember about Aaron Hernandez' time as a Florida Gator? Most will tell you that Florida won in a big way. Urban Meyer led the Gators to two national titles. They also led major college football with 30 arrests in Meyer's six seasons there. I doubt that Ohio St. considered that stat when they signed Meyer to a 6 year, $24 million deal.
What did the late Al Davis (Mr. Raider football) say? "Just win, baby."
I stated earlier that I was disturbed by Wednesday's arraignment. Disturbed, yes. Shocked, no. I've arrived at a point where nothing surprises me and that's sad.
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