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Florida A.D. takes issue with reports on Aaron Hernandez’s past

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As the investigation continues into whether New England tight end Aaron Hernandez played a part in the death of Odin Lloyd, talk has increased that the Patriots should have stayed away from Hernandez in the 2010 NFL draft because of his checkered history at Florida. Now Florida’s athletic department is taking issue with that talk.

Responding to a flurry of reports citing NFL sources that said Hernandez was a trouble-maker at Florida and that NFL teams that did their homework steered clear of him, Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley told al.com, “The information from the NFL sources is wrong.”

Although that statement is direct, it doesn’t really clear much of anything up: Which information is wrong? The report that Hernandez failed numerous drug tests at Florida? The report that NFL teams were concerned Hernandez might have gang ties? The report that Hernandez was questioned about a shooting while he was at Florida?

In a more specific denial, Steve McClain, senior associate athletics director, texted al.com: “I would go on record saying he didn’t fail six drug tests (at Florida).” That raises an obvious follow-up question: If he didn’t fail six drug tests, how many drug tests did he fail? That question remains unanswered by Florida officials.

Hernandez missed one game during his time at Florida, and he has said that was because of a suspension for a failed drug test. Other than that one-game suspension, Hernandez was a student-athlete in good standing during his time as a Gator. Which might mean he generally stayed out of trouble in college, or might mean that if you can help the Gators win games, Florida officials are willing to look the other way.

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62 Responses to “Florida A.D. takes issue with reports on Aaron Hernandez’s past”
  1. realfootballfan says: Jun 25, 2013 12:03 PM

    Silly, it was actually 9, they got the number upside down.

  2. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 25, 2013 12:03 PM

    He just means that he didn’t shoot anyone in the face while he was a Gator.

  3. whatnojets says: Jun 25, 2013 12:05 PM

    When it’s time for him to get arrested:

    Hernandez: “If you’re the police where are your badges?”

    MA Police: “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”

  4. bigbenh8tr says: Jun 25, 2013 12:05 PM

    Haha what a trashy college. Nothing we all didn’t know before though. Urban Meyer already admitted his problems, so I’m glad the Athletic Director is just worried about his reputation by refuting this simply based on the technicality of it not being exactly 6 failed tests. Hernandez admitted he failed more than 1 as well. UF is going down the toilet

  5. h3min1230 says: Jun 25, 2013 12:10 PM

    Innocent..

  6. rc33 says: Jun 25, 2013 12:13 PM

    …had Odin Lloyd in my 2013 Death Pool.

    BOOM!

  7. richkotitte says: Jun 25, 2013 12:15 PM

    The Uga bulldawg just cracked a smile, panted, and drooled.

  8. nbarber2013 says: Jun 25, 2013 12:16 PM

    I’m pretty sure before this happened everybody was talking about how awesome and smart BB and the Pats were for finding him in the draft and how good he is. They were sooo smart, but now that he’s in trouble they didn’t do their ” Homework ,” and they should have stayed away. Ridiculous

  9. cheffyglenn says: Jun 25, 2013 12:20 PM

    Wow so many losers jealous of UF and all their titles.

  10. richiebburg says: Jun 25, 2013 12:20 PM

    What is Hernandez guilty of? I don’t understand why everyone is crucifying him at this point of the investigation

  11. georgiavol91 says: Jun 25, 2013 12:21 PM

    I can’t wait for the next NFL player to “not get arrested but be convicted in the court of stupid people making dumbass comments on something these same people know nothing about.”

  12. petedutcherjr says: Jun 25, 2013 12:21 PM

    This is why players should attend South Florida instead.

  13. bullcharger says: Jun 25, 2013 12:22 PM

    So he failed a drug test. He’s not the only one. That doesn’t naturally lead to murder later in a career. All the information dug up on his past is minor even if true.

    What’s happening now could not have been forseen. That goes for the shooting from Feb if it actually occured. At this point if he is arrested for murder and convicted I wouldn’t be a surprised and I also wouldn’t be surprised if he is never arrested. Either way his past was not a predictor of this situation. You can always look back and make links, but there have been plenty of murders committed by people without a sordid past.

  14. bennyb82 says: Jun 25, 2013 12:22 PM

    Gotta love how institutions or businesses word things in attempts to manipulate the perception of them.

  15. patriotinvasion says: Jun 25, 2013 12:23 PM

    The more time that passes with no arrest, the more I think this story will fade and Hernandez will be playing for the Patriots this season.

    The only thing he is guilty of right now is knowing a dead guy. Everything else has been pure speculation by the media and public on what happened that night.

  16. petedutcherjr says: Jun 25, 2013 12:24 PM

    richiebburg says
    “What is Hernandez guilty of? I don’t understand why everyone is crucifying him at this point of the investigation.”

    I believe you raise a valid point. I have never seen investigators have so-called evidence and arrest warrants and not pick up the perpetrator.

    I think we’re having a lot of smoke blown up our hind quarters.

  17. doe22us says: Jun 25, 2013 12:25 PM

    Correction he didnt fail six he failed five.. this AD is an idiot.. or was it ten, i stand corrected???

  18. hrmlss says: Jun 25, 2013 12:28 PM

    I’m sure the argument “He got in a lot less trouble than Cam Newton” come out from this moron next.

  19. canjura says: Jun 25, 2013 12:28 PM

    richiebburg says: Jun 25, 2013 12:20 PM

    What is Hernandez guilty of? I don’t understand why everyone is crucifying him at this point of the investigation

    _______________________________

    obstruction of justice, being an idiot, destroying evidence, making awful decisions, not following the Patriot way (his worst offense), should I continue?

  20. jimjets says: Jun 25, 2013 12:31 PM

    just another low level adminstrator trying to get ths stink of this guy off him.

    just wait – kraft, bellicheck, pioli et al will soon follow.
    along with the few “pats” fans left supporting good ol’ AH.

  21. fingergravy says: Jun 25, 2013 12:33 PM

    I thought urban meyer only recruited high moral character student-athletes?

  22. jimjets says: Jun 25, 2013 12:33 PM

    yea, right, “the patriot way”

    I finally figured out what that is

    pull a QB out of the 6th round that no one else believed in, luck out, have him become an all-time great while everybody else in the organization rides his coattails.

  23. dudermcrbohan says: Jun 25, 2013 12:36 PM

    nbarber2013 says:
    Jun 25, 2013 12:16 PM
    I’m pretty sure before this happened everybody was talking about how awesome and smart BB and the Pats were for finding him in the draft and how good he is. They were sooo smart, but now that he’s in trouble they didn’t do their ” Homework ,” and they should have stayed away. Ridiculous

    You can trash Belichick all you want, but for the production they got out of him, even with the injuries, that’s still pretty solid for a 4th round pick. Even if he never plays another down.

  24. Patskrieg dot com says: Jun 25, 2013 12:36 PM

    I’ve tried my best to stick up for Hernandez during this whole thing, but this is a pretty half assed claim on the part of the Florida AD and probably just makes him look worse.

  25. jdphx says: Jun 25, 2013 12:37 PM

    Or…. how many drug tests did he pass?

  26. ken0west says: Jun 25, 2013 12:37 PM

    “I don’t understand why everyone is crucifying him at this point of the investigation”

    Because I am not on a jury or part of the legal system. It is my right to prejudge, try it sometimes, its AWSOME.

  27. ozymandias121 says: Jun 25, 2013 12:38 PM

    You can’t spell second rate citizens and students without SEC.

  28. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 25, 2013 12:38 PM

    Yeah he failed tests because he smoked weed.

    Newsflash, a significant number of people in the US smoke marijuana and a lot of them do so legally under medical marijuana programs or in the 2 states that outright legalized it.

    If he’d failed tests because of cocaine, heroin or other hard drug use that would be one thing. But at this point in the US smoking is little different from drinking alcohol and should be treated as such.

  29. shayeezy says: Jun 25, 2013 12:42 PM

    one of the strangest parts of this is that the patriots, a respected and supposedly well-run organization, gave a guy with known character issues a 40 million dollar contract without proactively trying to keep him on the right path. you expect that kind of thing from the raiders, but it’s surprising that the patriots would drop the ball like that.

  30. andyreidisthegoat says: Jun 25, 2013 12:43 PM

    He’s good at sports and he can help rich people get richer. He will not be arrested. If he were going to be arrested, it would have happened already. This thing will fade. Someone else will take the fall. hernandez will catch 8-12 td’s for the pats next year.

  31. nflgreedleague says: Jun 25, 2013 12:47 PM

    I just don’t understand how these athletes develop an Entitled mentality? Just because schools, pro teams, and yes even sometimes the police, protect them throughout their lives. If you have a ton of money and or you very talented there is obviously a different set of rules from “The Establishment”
    BS!!!

  32. orivar says: Jun 25, 2013 12:48 PM

    More rumors, surprising!

  33. granadafan says: Jun 25, 2013 12:48 PM

    Too many schools let their coaches run a renegade program in the name of winning and to heck with being a SCHOOL to teach kids in classrooms, especially in the SEC. Penn St let a child predator run loose for over a decade because they didn’t want to lose the tens of millions in donations and TV money. Auburn fixed test grades because they didn’t want their star players to miss the BCS games. LSU has illiterate players.

    Urban Meyer let his star players assault coaches and students, fail drug tests, rape coeds, rob people, steal property, never go to class, etc. Hey, as long as they kept winning, then anything goes.

  34. whatnojets says: Jun 25, 2013 12:49 PM

    You people have no sense of humor!

  35. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 25, 2013 1:00 PM

    Doesn’t matter if Hernandez spent his off time practicing with the choir and volunteering at old folk’s homes at Florida. He riddled a defenseless man who trusted him with bullets. He should be in jail, and he can never play in the NFL again.

  36. surfinbird1 says: Jun 25, 2013 1:07 PM

    Can you please put some names on these NFL sources??

  37. micknangold says: Jun 25, 2013 1:08 PM

    Except for that time they suspended Rex Grossman for a bowl game for cheating on an exam. Sounds more like he just didn’t get caught when he was at UF.

  38. dbones750 says: Jun 25, 2013 1:09 PM

    either way, he’s a really bad dude.

  39. broncosaddict says: Jun 25, 2013 1:10 PM

    @whatnojets

    You people have no sense of humor

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    its not people dont have a sense of humor, its just your comment was not funny or humorous

  40. tsizzlehotpiss says: Jun 25, 2013 1:10 PM

    If you played for Urban Meyer at Florida, you could do pretty much anything without getting suspended or punished. Chris “Time to die, b-tch!” Rainey stalked, menaced, and threatened to kill his former girlfriend, and only sat out like a game or two after getting arrested and thrown in jail.

    The comments by the Senior Associate AD at Florida only raise questions such as the following: “So if he didn’t fail six drug tests at Florida, did he fail five, seven, eight, nine, twenty, or thirty?”

  41. commonsensedude says: Jun 25, 2013 1:14 PM

    “Here in Florida, he only shot people in the kneecaps, not in the face. Get your facts straight, people!!”

  42. bmoreravens1012013 says: Jun 25, 2013 1:23 PM

    Wow, talk about P.R. lol. This is more to do with Florida than Hernandez…

  43. mattwalshvideo says: Jun 25, 2013 1:24 PM

    He’s a murderer, end of story and the end of the cheating patriots.

  44. whatjusthapped says: Jun 25, 2013 1:30 PM

    The very term, student-athlete is an oxymoron at U of FLA. Sort of like saying, Vikings-Superbowl winners or Giant shrimp.

  45. lflib69 says: Jun 25, 2013 1:33 PM

    Has anyone even researched this story??? Hernandez told the Patriots in the draft that he had a “failed” drug test…..this guy says on here to correct the media by saying “Aaron did not fail 6 drug tests” and look at you all still bash him like he’s a big druggie. Even if he is…as long as he is drug free during the season it’s none of our business…take the time to digest a story before opening your mouth…this “he said she said” crap has to end SMH

  46. noring4youstill says: Jun 25, 2013 1:34 PM

    What’s Tebow got to say

  47. metitometin says: Jun 25, 2013 1:35 PM

    Every team cheats, don’t be so naive. Pats had to take the hit for every team that was videotaping, and believe me, every team was doing it.

    No way he’s a murderer. He’s really going to kill a good friend of his that was dating a relative? Sounds to me like the worst thing he might have done was cover up for his friends that did commit this crime.

    We all like redemption stories. He’ll be on the field this season and I’ll be there to cheer him on. Go Pats!!

  48. CKL says: Jun 25, 2013 1:44 PM

    What a lame comment by the AD. It’s like your cheating spouse saying, “Honey, I didn’t cheat on you with SIX people, (when it was ONLY 5)”. It was more than one, which shows AH has a predilection for being a dumba**.

    That in and of itself doesn’t mean he’s capable of murder though.

    Keepin’ it real=keepin’ it real (ly)dumb in AH’s case

  49. j0esixpack says: Jun 25, 2013 1:56 PM

    I’m not sure what the big deal is – he was first round talent who slid to the fourth, “why” hardly matters.

    The Patriots got a few years of productivity from a 4th rounder so no harm there.

    The Patriots may be out a portion of the $12 million guaranteed but I’m sure they included a “morals” clause in his contract so they likely aren’t out a ton of money

    All that really matters is that someone lost their life.

  50. lanman11 says: Jun 25, 2013 1:59 PM

    It’s quite possible Hernandez destroyed his phone and security system not because it showed any evidence of Lloyd being there, but because it showed evidence of strippers and parties going on, and all that it entails. Perhaps all this turns out to be is that he knows a guy that got himself shot trying to do something on his own that backfired. Who knows at this point?

    The steady stream of “anonymous sources” releasing negative information on a daily basis about Hernandez is a tactic to try and smoke out more information, however it is something that causes a lot of damage to the person they are trying to smoke out. If he’s guilty then it won’t seem to be a problem. Nobody will care. But if he is not, it shows just how little the investigating outfit cares about the damage they do to individuals along the way. This may be more about grinding an axe against a guy they deemed uncooperative and “disrespectful” to their authority, than it is a murder investigation. Anonymous sources have told me that rather than rely on actual investigative ability, the investigating outfit has, in the past, thrown as much stuff at the wall as they can to see what they can get to stick, regardless of facts and damage to people’s reputations. I’d tell you who told me that but I can’t. They’re anonymous.

    By the way, how many other murders would get this kind of attention and resources? There is some grand standing going on here. Hernandez will likely be arrested, questioned, and then released. After that, who knows?

  51. jpmelon says: Jun 25, 2013 2:01 PM

    I get a kick out of the people who say “he’s innocent until proven guilty” and “you don’t know any of the details to pass judgement”.

    Here is what we have been told…

    1. He was seen with the victim the night he was murdered and thus far has been reported as being uncooperative with police.

    2. He purposely destroyed security footage.

    3. He purposely destroyed his cell phone.

    4. He had the house scrubbed professionally just hours before the search warrant was executed.

    5. The neighbors said they heard gun-shots from his house within the same 6 hour window that investigators pinned the time of death.

    It’s fair to say, that if everything is a lie with the exception of at least one of these reported “facts”, then Hernadez is at the very least covering for someone who murdered his friend (and potential in-law). Keep defending him Patriot fans. Classy!

  52. fdugrad says: Jun 25, 2013 2:03 PM

    What UF meant wasn’t true was the paragraph in one of the background checks to the NFL that intimated that AH “attended” their university. UF clarified that wildly speculative insinuation by brandishing his high school transcript clearly demonstrating AH had never actually GRADUATED from an accredited high school anywhere in North America, hence he was not actually matriculated in UF at any time during his varsity football career at Florida. During those years AH was in the general area of the university and merely practiced during the week and played games on Saturdays until he was drafted. It is clear exactly WHY the AD at Florida was so incensed at any insinuations regarding AH’s conduct while, as many papers have said he “ATTENDED” the hallowed halls of UF!!

  53. tdk24 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:10 PM

    Sure is a lot of tat’s on those arms. Makes you wonder where that money came from, doesn’t it?

  54. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:13 PM

    UF ran a dirty program. Yet they want to talk about the U. and FSU. That’s rich.

    And Pats fans need to stop once and for all with the “everyone else does it” line. They DON’T.

  55. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:27 PM

    tdk24 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:10 PM

    Sure is a lot of tat’s on those arms. Makes you wonder where that money came from, doesn’t it?
    —————

    Exactly.

  56. hooterdawg says: Jun 25, 2013 2:45 PM

    What is most surprising is that the former-lawyer and owner of this site doesn’t have his own sources to determine exactly what is occurring behind the scenes.

  57. i10east says: Jun 25, 2013 3:15 PM

    What would Tebow do?

  58. swagger52 says: Jun 25, 2013 3:16 PM

    1. He was seen with the victim the night he was murdered and thus far has been reported as being uncooperative with police.

    2. He purposely destroyed security footage.

    3. He purposely destroyed his cell phone.

    4. He had the house scrubbed professionally just hours before the search warrant was executed.

    5. The neighbors said they heard gun-shots from his house within the same 6 hour window that investigators pinned the time of death.
    ______________________________

    Exactly , this is video evidence that even Roger Goodell can’t destroy

  59. swagger52 says: Jun 25, 2013 3:20 PM

    And Pats fans need to stop once and for all with the “everyone else does it” line. They DON’T.

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    Exactly, Pats keeping bringing up Ray Lewis’s white suit.

    The police knew Ray was never involved with the Murder

    Nothing was premeditated.

    It was in a really bad area where Ray’s car was shot with 16 bullet holes.

    Ray had no motive.

    Ray had no history of violence.

    Yes..Ray’s white suit is a shiny object that Pat’s fans hold as a glimmer of hope that Aaron Hernandez will be again killing, I mean playing, wearing their uniform.

  60. zn0rseman says: Jun 25, 2013 3:20 PM

    SEC as a whole is recruiting players with absolutely nobregard for character.

    They also protect stars who get into trouble… and athletes coming out of school know this, so they flock to the SEC.

    Of course, new cars and envelopes full of cash help the SEC beat other conferences in recruiting too…

  61. all4patriots says: Jun 25, 2013 4:13 PM

    “He purposely destroyed security footage”

    How do you know that he did it, rather than people living with him?

    “He purposely destroyed his cell phone.”

    How do you know that he did it, rather than people living with him?

    “He had the house scrubbed professionally just hours before the search warrant was executed.”

    Lots of wealthy people have cleaners come every week

    “The neighbors said they heard gun-shots from his house within the same 6 hour window that investigators pinned the time of death.”

    And yet they did not call 911 about it, and now the police say that the victim was shot where the body was found!

    He’s probably not innocent of everything, but the so-called facts all have a lot of holes in them

  62. 11thstreetmafia says: Jun 25, 2013 4:34 PM

    SEC! SEC! SEC!

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