New Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez responded on Tuesday to a report that he failed multiple drug tests at Florida, resulting in his draft stock falling.
“Leading up to the draft, I provided every interested NFL team with all
the information asked of me about football and my personal life,” Hernandez said in a statement issued by the Patriots.
as candid as I could possibly be about everything, including my one
single violation of the team’s substance testing policy over the course
of three years at the University of Florida. That is why I was very
surprised and disappointed by the recent inaccurate report of additional
Albert Breer of the Boston Globe broke the news and stands by his report that multiple failed tests led to Hernandez’s stock slipping. Three NFL teams told him as much.
The takeaway here is that Hernandez got out front of the issue, yet it still cost him money. Would one test have done that?
Since Hernandez didn’t fail a test at the NFL Scouting Combine, he shouldn’t be enrolled in the league’s substance abuse policy.
UPDATE: Two more teams came forward to confirm Breer’s story. “It was absolutely, positively more than two,” one source said.