I didn’t, however, think it would come from NFL.com writer Chris Wesseling. In his article, Wesseling does his best to make it about the player evaluation process and what goes into the evaluation of players prior to the draft. Wesseling also goes on to tell you that evaluating a player’s character isn’t exact science; which is true.
To Wesseling’s credit it’s not; no one can determine what a player will or won’t do based on his upbringing. It’s not possible. What the scouts and personnel department can do, however, is project and hope that a player can overcome their troubled past.
There’s no denying that both Hernandez and Bryant had checkered pasts, but let’s be clear about one thing:
Bryant’s past had more to do with his upbringing and his mother’s run-ins with the law for selling crack cocaine than it did with Bryant’s actual character issues.
Hernandez, on the other hand, had known gang affiliation, had been suspected of shooting someone in college, and is now facing charges for the murder of Odin Lloyd.
How or why anyone would try to tie these two men together, is beyond me. In my opinion, it is downright irresponsible journalism. Why use Bryant who has had a quiet offseason and has been doing his best to become a complete wide receiver? Why not use someone like former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young, who is facing four felonies and seven misdemeanor charges from a break-in and scuffle with two police officers to prove your point?
Oh, that’s right. No one cares about the Lions. There is no sensationalism in dropping Young and the Lions into an article. It has become truly laughable to see what some “journalists” will do for a click. If you really wanted to tie the Hernandez nightmare back to the Cowboys; use Josh Brent instead.