But what can be learned from this situation?
First and foremost, murder is a heinous crime that no person, athlete, leader anyone should ever commit. Whoever pulled the trigger and was involved in the act should be punished significantly in the court of law.
Second, the court of public opinion will crucify Hernandez regardless of the result of the trial. His guilt or innocence doesn’t matter because he was associated with an execution-style murder. If Aaron comes out of this trial with an acquittal, he will receive the same negative treatment as Ray Lewis has even to this day. A first-degree murder charge and five weapons-related charges later, Hernandez has become the laughing stock of the NFL and it will remain that way for quite some time. However, it is unfair to place a judgement on him until his guilt or innocence come to light.
Third, it’s fitting that the rookie symposium has passed with this incident being at the forefront of the NFL headlines. The new players have the epitome of what not to do in the NFL and how not to behave because it will simply not be tolerated. The lesson the rookies have learned is be careful with who your surround yourself with and that you make your own decisions. Consequences happen with every decisions that is made in life. Good or bad.
Finally, just because Hernandez is a football player and is in the public eye more than the average male or female, he isn’t protected from the justice system in our great nation. The timeline of events shows suspicious activity and everything that has happened to him over the past week and a half has been warranted.
Success isn’t measured by how much money any one person makes. Success is measured by being able to do something you love and by making a difference in other people’s lives.
Aaron Hernandez was a successful tight end in the NFL. He garnered a hefty contract because of it. He could have a career resurrection if everything works out with this major transgression. He loves the game of football, but still doesn’t get it. The murder of Odin Lloyd, the shooting he was involved in during the month of February and the double murder last year, his involvement all alleged of course, serve as examples to fans and players that just because he is a talented football player and just because someone is incredibly good at their respective profession, it doesn’t necessarily don them as model citizens.
If the former Patriot is given the opportunity to live as a free man, he should take a page out of Ray Lewis’ book and ultimately seek out a character change and guidance from a higher power. Whether it be God, his family or have a self-evaluation, something has to be changed. You would have to think cold prison walls will make him realize the importance of his career to his family and realize that football is more about being a great player between the white lines.