Throughout the years, we have seen many NFL players get into trouble with the law, especially with murder. Two men that stand out include O.J. Simpson and Ray Lewis, but they were able to walk free. However, one was not so fortunate.
Former New England Patriots tight end, Aaron Hernandez, was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison, without parole. Hernandez was convicted of the first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd, which took place back in 2013. The jury reached the verdict on April 15.
While playing for the Patriots, Hernandez was emerging into an NFL star. In three seasons, he made 175 receptions for 1,956-yards and scored 18 touchdowns. He also helped New England win an AFC Championship in 2011.
Following Lloyd’s death, Hernandez was arrested at his home on June 26. Two hours later, the Patriots organization received word about what happened. Once they heard that news, they decided to cut him from their roster.
Along with the murder charge, Hernandez was also found guilty for unlawful possessions of a firearm and ammunition. As Hernandez was being transported from the court house in Fall River, MA to a state penitentiary, he voiced his objections about the jury’s decision.
“They got it wrong,” Hernandez said. “I didn’t do it.” Well, Aaron, you can defend yourself and you can say that you were not responsible for this act. In the end however, the jury is the group of people who holds the final say.
According to Lloyd’s defense team, he was considered to be a friend of Hernandez. He was also going to be his future brother-in-law. The people who were close to him described him as a loving son and protective brother.
Now that everything has been settled, the fate of one person has changed dramatically. Aaron Hernandez will no longer make his living on the football field, but in a prison cell. This serves as another example of somebody who has it all, but blows it.