Pro Football Talk, the NFL news and rumors website that everyone inside the NFL reportedly goes to, is the beacon of insight. Editor/founder/writer guy Mike Florio has been on the Aaron Hernandez story from the beginning, and now he’s here with the sharpest commentary in all of the ‘net. He’s here with a headline so insightful that you may not be able to handle it. If you haven’t had your coffee yet, bookmark this for later. If you’re prone to getting boners from witnessing genius, wait until you get home, because this is not safe for work. Here you go:
Hernandez situation could persuade other players to be careful during down time before camp
My goodness, he’s done it again! Superb.
Aaron Hernandez has been connected with murder. Mike Florio thinks that, because this happened right after OTAs, players will be like, oh, one of our fellow footballers may have murdered someone, and, like, everyone is making a whole big deal about it, or something… weird… I guess we shouldn’t murder any people in the next five weeks… thanks for the reminder, Aaron!
One less-important-but-relevant fact could actually help other players avoid mischief and mayhem in the six-week lull between the end of the offseason program and the opening of training camp. With the Hernandez incident occurring at the tail end of the first weekend of the post-OTA break (for all but a few teams), all other NFL players have received a vicarious reminder of how quickly it can all change…
Regardless of what happens with Hernandez, the events of the last five days should give others players inclined to dance of the line of legal conduct the cold spray of water that could help them get through the next month or so without finding trouble.
Tom Brady was about to take three dollars out of the Starbuck’s tip jar while reading this on his iPhone, but he felt a cold spray of water hit his face and decided to stop. Trouble, averted.
Last year, 15 player arrests occurred in June and July. Even though an arrest can ultimately be meaningless if charges are dropped or reduced dramatically, it’s the arrest that creates bad P.R. for the player, the team, and the league — and it’s the arrest that players ultimately should strive to avoid.
Oh, the insight.
This year, two arrests have happened in June. Hernandez could end up being No. 3. Given the coverage and the gravity of the case, if the Hernandez investigation doesn’t persuade the rest of the league’s players to stay out of trouble until it’s time to go back to work, nothing will.
Why do we even have a legal system? Why waste resources on courts and judges and jails? People only get in trouble during their downtime, and if somebody in their field gets media coverage for wrongdoing, this is the peak of fear for a law-abiding citizen. This is the most shock they can possibly receive, and if they commit a crime after this, they are hopeless and should receive a lethal injection.
If Aaron Hernandez’s connection with a murder doesn’t persuade Chris Kluwe to stop pirating music, nothing will. And we’re all doomed.