It has been a trying year for the people of Boston. Trouble began with the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15 and continuing with the allegations and subsequent arrest of now former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez — the 23-year-old was released by the team following his arrest on Wednesday — who allegedly murdered friend Odin Lloyd in the early hours of June 15 following an incident at a nightclub.
That such a young, up-and-coming player like Hernandez would even think of committing such a heinous crime, especially after one of the top franchises in the NFL inked him to a five-year, $40 million contract last summer — and following the events of just two months earlier — boggles the mind. It just doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.
The fact of the matter is that these types of things happen all too often, both inside the realm of sports and outside of them. And most of the excuses given for the life-altering decisions that the perpetrators make are so completely idiotic that they’ll never be understood by anyone.
I could spew a bunch of lines about how Hernandez should have done better, about how monumental his mistake was. But if the allegations are true — and it certainly appears that they are — then I’ll just say that I absolutely detest the fact that I ever cheered for the 23-year-old, either during his time with the Florida Gators or since he was drafted by the Patriots in 2010.
“Now, another one is looking up to me. I can’t just be young and reckless Aaron no more. I’m going to try to do the right things,” Hernandez told the media after the birth of his daughter in November.
I wonder if he was thinking of her on June 15.