Aaron Hernandez, Former New England Patriot, Commits Suicide

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Aaron Hernandez, 27, the former New England Patriots Football player, was found dead in his prison cell from an apparent suicide where he was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for a 2013 murder.

Hernandez was found guilty of murder in the death of a semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in June 2013 one year after he signed a multi-year multi-million-dollar contract with the championship Patriots.

The former tight-end, with a street gang mentality and ‘hood attitude, was convicted of Lloyd’s murder and sentenced to Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

The evidence began to mount immediately as Hernandez hired professional “cleaners” to sweep evidence from his home. His cellphone was recovered in pieces. Hernandez committed the murders with two others who cooperated with the police to build a substantial case against him.

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Nine days after the body of Odin Lloyd was discovered, Hernandez was taken into custody. He was released from the Patriots 90 minutes after.  The fall out with the New England Patriots was already in the works and it appeared officials were waiting to see if charges would be filed. Once filed, and charged, Hernandez was let go from the team.

Although not stricken from the record, Hernandez tenure as a football player and certainly with the New England Patriots was marked with highlight after highlight.

Picked in the 4th round in the 2010 draft by his hometown team, Hernandez was offered financial incentives to walk the straight and narrow line, as he was prone to rebellious, argumentative, aggressive, and violent responses.

Recognizing his enormous potential for the team, with high school state records and college dominance the Patriots worked him on a reward system which earned him third round pick dollars over the course of time.

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Hernandez was golden. Hand him the football and he delivered, the awards Rookie of the Week, Pro Bowl alternative, longest run in post season against the Denver Broncos which propelled the Patriots toward a Super Bowl XLVI birth.

In August 2012, the rebellious street kid, Aaron Hernandez, became a hero to so many signing a five-year contract extension through 2018 for a total of $40million. His signing bonus, at $12.5milion was the highest ever to an NFL for his position.

Less than one year later all the hope, talent, ability would be destroyed.

Just days ago, April 14, 2017, Hernandez was acquitted of the 2012 murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. There had been no indication from the prosecutors if they planned to present the case again which wouldn’t be unusual especially if they were confident of Hernandez’ guilt.

The possibility of another murder trial, with mounting legal fees, the potential of additional civil charges, an already irreversible sentence, and memories of “the life” were too much for the once domineering Hernandez and he chose to end his life.

Hernandez’s Icarus like fall, is a sad ending to a promising career which has now become a sidebar to his inability to handle his anger and a demi-god belief of entitlement.

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