13 Years Later, Aaron Hernandez Case is Eerily Similar To Ray Lewis'

By Devin O'Barr
Ray Lewis and Aaron Hernandez
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When we see hundreds of freakish athletes compete on Sundays, the first thought that comes to mind is not that these same NFL superstars are committing murders in their spare time. However, the world was taken aback when news broke that New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was implicated in a murder.

Sure, this isn’t the first time that an NFL player has been linked to such criminal actions, but it’s still uncomfortable and downright scary. Oddly enough, the same year that Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl, history has repeated  itself and this time it’s not Lewis who is involved in taking someone else’s life. In 2000, Lewis was the heart and soul of a terrorizing Ravens defense, yet the surefire Hall 0f Fame linebacker did his best to throw it all away by having too much fun a few nights prior to Super Bowl XXXIV.

That fun would result in Richard Lollar losing his life, but the apparent stabbing was done by someone other than Lewis — or so his attorney says.

Either way, Lewis was merely tagged with an obstruction of justice charge, the exact same charge that is on Hernandez’s arrest warrant. Obviously, the charge is to get the stout Patriots weapon — no pun intended — in the door and badger a confession out of him. If I were Hernandez I would call up No. 52 and ask for the phone number of a one Ed Garland who represented Lewis 13 years ago.

Believe it or not, Garland actually represented Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in a sexual assault case over three years ago. It’s safe to say that Mr. Garland has been around the block in terms of maligned NFL players and could probably wedge Hernandez out of this gigantic pickle.

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