June 23rd, 2013 13:58 EST
Why Were Patriot`s Aaron Hernandez` Pronouncements of Character Reform So Easily Believed?
"He was a bar room man, the violent kind, He had no love for that gal of mine. Then one day in the drinking bout, He swore he`d throw me right out of town. The hand of fate is on me now, I shot that man, I put him underground. I put him underground, yes I did. I`m on the run, I hear the hounds, My luck is up, my chips are down. So goodbye baby, so long now, Wish me luck, I`m going to need it child." Hand Of Fate - The Rolling Stones
How could a star tight-end for the New England Patriots, 23-year-old Aaron Hernandez, be suspected of murdering a supposed friend of his, 27-year-old Odin L. Lloyd, when he`s made all these previous claims of character reform? Had any real, positive change in Aaron`s character come about in the three years since he signed with the Patriots?
One might assume Aaron hadn`t yet worked through many of these issues (that troubled him), such as much of the anger and rage, locked up inside him, which was apparently unleashed with devastating levels after his father`s death (Dennis Hernandez) in 2006. In addition, I wonder why so many people were fooled by his public pronouncements of ethical restoration.
My answer is, that when it comes to professional football, and the kind of public pressure and money involved, the tendency or temptation to rationalize (by coaches, family or fans alike) must be astronomical! And yea, that figure of 41 million for a seven year contract widens your eyeballs (as a provocative riddle to the overt hypocrisies of Pro-Ball)!
I was in shock when reading over the details of some previous counts (or suspected violent felonies) in some select, reliable newspapers (The Boston Globe, Today, ABC News, and The Hartford Courant).
I`ll let you re-read those sources for what I know you already know I`m referring to, but I will mention for you, Aaron Hernandez is suspected of involvement in a shooting in Gainsville, Florida, that also involved drinking at an adult nightclub with fellow Gator players (this was in 2006, I believe).
The shooting of Alexander Bradley, after a heated argument with Hernandez at yet another strip club in Miami, has been more widely reported on (still looking for the exact date of this shooting). Bradley has filed a lawsuit; he lost an eye and has needed surgery a number of times, after Aaron shot him in the face.
The troubling incident raises the question of whether Aaron shot Alexander intentionally or accidentally. And then we have to guess on the question of how much alcohol these two had consumed that ill-fated night.
And now, myself and most reasonable people are having a coincidental deja vu when we look at the shady circumstances of (what looks startlingly like) an execution-type of shooting of poor Odin Lloyd, who was riddled multiple times in the head, and simply left lying dead in this crazy industrial park, probably early Monday morning (June 17, 2013).
I mean, you wonder how this went down; did Aaron drive him to this creepy park with a gun pointed at his head, then just coldly execute him? But why was Hernandez so ticked off at Odin? Did alcohol and/or drugs play a major role?
It`s a no brainer why so many people (and boat loads of media) are camped (as if they`re going to a rock show) out at this humongous mansion (I`ve never seen a house my entire life this huge before) in North Attleborough, Mass.!
The cops have completely cased this bungalow, and have confiscated enough evidence (I imagine) to put the tumbling Super-Ball-Star in the gas chamber! (Okay, so perhaps Massachusetts doesn`t have the death penalty.) Nevertheless, they definitely got him on obstruction of justice.
Right now I`m seeing this more as a morality play (or social farce), or possibly as a metaphorical commentary on our society`s Two Faced Janus value system (see Gulliver`s Travels or Animal Farm); how can we tell a football player to perform with maximum violence on the field, but to curb those animal instincts when living their real life?