As reported earlier this week, former NFL player Aaron Hernandez was found hung in his cell and pronounced dead early Wednesday morning. Social Media and the sports world went ablaze over the news. It especially seemed to be a shock because he was just found not guilty a week earlier on two counts of murder.
Hernandez was charged with the murders of 29-year-old Daniel de Abreu and 28-year-old Safiro Furtado. The two men were killed in a drive-by shooting outside of a Boston nightclub on July 16, 2012. After 36 hours if deliberation, Hernandez was found not guilty on five out of the six charges he was facing. The charges included ” Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, Witness Intimidation, and Battery With a Dangerous Weapon.” The only charge Hernandez was found guilty of was Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
Hernandez was already serving a mandatory life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd was a semi-pro football player who was an acquaintance of Hernandez. Lloyd was invited out the night of Jun. 17, 2013 by Hernandez and never returned home. His body was later found in an industrial park with gunshot wounds to the chest and back. While it is not fully known why Hernandez decided to murder Lloyd sources say it was over trivial matters. After almost 2 years he was finally convicted of the crime on April 15, 2015.
ESPN’s Dan Le Batard said it best when he said “He had everything. Everyone would look at him and say, man — anyone who loved sports would look at him and say those are the things that people crave in sports, and he decided instead that he was gonna be somebody who was a thug, who was flippant about life.” Opportunities like the one Hernandez got are not just given to anyone. There are many people who maybe just as talented as Hernandez was who never got the shot to to prove it. From the guy in the neighborhood with the mean jump shot or the track star who blew their knee out. There are plenty of stories of talented people for one reason or another not getting the opportunity to achieve there dream. Never got the chance to get the big sports contract and make a better life not only for themselves but their love ones. Hernandez was one of the lucky ones and choose to destroy lives. Not only the lives of the person that he hurt, but the lives of his own family. Because of his actions his 4-year-old daughter will never truly know what her father was like. she will never get the chance to asked him why he did what he did and receive the closure that maybe needed in her life. There is no redemption story for Hernandez because much like he lived his life ended his life. Only this time instead of taking another’s life he took his own.