More nuggets from the Rolling Stone investigation on the life of Aaron Hernandez, “Gangster In The Huddle”, which came out today. Among them, University of Florida head coach Urban Meyer appointed Tim Tebow as Hernandez’s “life instructor”.
Think how much Tebow could charge for such a service today.
Tebow was a year ahead of Hernandez at Florida, and apparently Meyer new that trouble could be brewing and tried to head it off, according to Paul Solotaroff’s RS piece. Back in July we wrote about how Hernandez was involved in a bar brawl during his freshman year, and how Tebow was already on the scene.
When a police officer could not find Hernandez at the scene of the altercation around 1 a.m., the report states he interviewed Tebow about it.
“Tebow stated that he witnessed the dispute,” the officer wrote. “… Tebow stated that he went over to try to help resolve the conflict.”
Tebow went on to say he urged Hernandez to leave peacefully and tried to make arrangements to pay the bill.
Two hours later, another officer found Hernandez and spoke with him about the incident. Tebow was present during the interview.
Because that’s what a life coach does, apparently.
Hernandez ended up not being prosecuted for that fight, in which the victim suffered a busted ear drum.
Meyer, in fact, seemed to have done quite a lot to try and keep Hernandez out of trouble (I mean, short of benching him). Rolling Stone, via Business Insider:
Urban Meyer had meetings where he would read scripture to Hernandez every morning.
Meyer had two veteran lineman — the Pouncey brothers — look after Hernandez.
Meyer assigned Tim Tebow as Hernandez’s “life instructor.”
Meyer kind of got a raw deal from Rolling Stone when the magazine, while teasing the Solotaroff article on Tuesday, said that it would show how Meyer may have “covered up evidence” that Hernandez had been involved in a drive-by shooting attempt.
But nothing like that ever turned up in the actual article, which pretty much painted Meyer as a concerned coach who wanted to keep Hernandez in the straight-and-narrow. Poorly played, Rolling Stone.
And as for Hernandez — if the needle of your moral compass is one of Tim Tebow’s beefy, righteous arms, how can you screw up? Somehow, he found a way.