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Matt Light: I have never believed in anything Aaron Hernandez stood for

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The Patriots were able to keep their rookies from being asked about Aaron Hernandez this week, but they have no such control over former members of the team who are settling into retirement.

Former Patriots tackle Matt Light  played with Hernandez for two years before calling it a career after the 2011 season and was asked about Hernandez during a conversation with Tom Archdeacon of the Dayton Daily News. The interview took place before Hernandez’s arrest on murder charges Wednesday, but that didn’t mean Light held back from offering a negative assessment of his former teammate after a pause of several seconds.

“I never talk about other guys, but I will say I have never embraced — never believed in — anything Aaron Hernandez stood for,” Light said.

Light didn’t elaborate on what Hernandez stood for, but, as Archdeacon points out, there’s a clear insinuation that the former Patriots tight end wasn’t standing for the right things. This isn’t the first we’ve heard of Hernandez having friction with other members of the Patriots and the last 10 days have brought plenty of reminders about character concerns around Hernandez before the Patriots drafted him with the 113th pick of the 2010 draft., often from the same people who praised the Patriots for landing such a talented player in the middle rounds of the draft.

We’re likely to hear more on those fronts as Hernandez goes from preparing for training camp to preparing for a trial. It’s less likely we’ll be hearing from anyone offering an opposite view than the one Light espoused earlier this week.

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57 Responses to “Matt Light: I have never believed in anything Aaron Hernandez stood for”
  1. spellingcops says: Jun 27, 2013 9:31 AM

    “I never talk about other guys, but I will say I have never embraced — never believed in — anything Aaron Hernandez stood for,” Light said.

    Pretty random thought but his statement reminded me of:
    “I don’t normally pick up hitch hikers. Buuuut, I’m gonna go with my instinct on this one. Saddle up, partner!”
    -Lloyd Christmas

  2. purplepride74 says: Jun 27, 2013 9:31 AM

    Well, Matt’s a pretty classy guy. I would be very surprised if he “believed” in a player who would execute a friend in cold blood.

  3. qbofthenever says: Jun 27, 2013 9:33 AM

    Quite a bold position. I also have never stood for murder.

  4. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 27, 2013 9:34 AM

    Apparently, Hernandez stood for shooting people. I’m not down with that either.

  5. jdubkc says: Jun 27, 2013 9:35 AM

    Matt Light = Victim #2

  6. blitz87 says: Jun 27, 2013 9:35 AM

    Of course he says that now…

  7. bookofelisha10 says: Jun 27, 2013 9:38 AM

    and here comes all the classy players who have everything plus 1 to say about the player after the fact…where was all this info when he wasnt behind bars now that you know your safe?

    shut your mouth. even though we all agree, seems pretty..low.

  8. 93noles99 says: Jun 27, 2013 9:47 AM

    Ummm to the idiots that just posted did you actually read the article it says he said that before Hernandez got arrested smh!!

  9. pioniere says: Jun 27, 2013 9:48 AM

    Sounds like Hernandez was a douche, even to his teammates.

  10. patslaya says: Jun 27, 2013 9:49 AM

    A lot of people asking why he didn’t say anything before he was arrested…maybe that is because nobody asked! Was Matt Light supposed to call for a press conference last year and just say “Hey! Aaron Hernandez is a punk”? Get a clue people. He said this because he was a former teammate and was asked a question. I think he was pretty nice in his response.

  11. ebr362 says: Jun 27, 2013 9:52 AM

    Something tells me the dam is about to break on the stories in regards to the charactor of Hernandez. It started with the Welker threat and now this. Read between the lines and you can see he was a loose cannon the more you hear.

  12. rjbell4 says: Jun 27, 2013 9:53 AM

    Light’s a pretty “stand-up” guy with a conservative faith and conservative values. He’d probably include Hernadez living with his girlfriend and having a baby outside of marriage in those things with which he disagreed, so this is hardly a surprise. (Even outside of the obvious “I disapprove of murder” response)

  13. mike5011ad says: Jun 27, 2013 9:53 AM

    What is the “Patriot Way”? I remember back when they were winning championships, the Patriot way was to bring in high character leaders that may have been overlooked, but were team first guys. Vrabel, Brady, Bruschi, Troy Brown, Larry Izzo, Matt Light, antowain Smith, Kevin Faulk, Otis Smith, Joe Andruzzi, etc.

    Now, the Patriot way seems to be let’s take other people’s headaches and problem children because we can get them in a later round or for a cheap contract. Dennard, Talib, Haynesworth, Hernandez, ocho, Kelly, Spikes, Merriwether, Lloyd, Stallworth, etc.

    So which is the “Patriot Way” everyone talks about? The first one or the current one being used.

  14. thegronk87 says: Jun 27, 2013 9:54 AM

    Tebow is the anti-aaron nernandez

  15. 49erstim says: Jun 27, 2013 10:01 AM

    “Why didn’t anybody say anything before?”

    Probably because you don’t call a guy out in the lockerroom just for being a D-bag. I’m sure if they would’ve thought him capable of this they would’ve said something to someone internally. Some commenters on here need to grow up a little and interact with people in the real world. Sheesh.

  16. polegojim says: Jun 27, 2013 10:06 AM

    The Lord brought Tebow to the right place… at the right time….

    Seriously though… this could be an easy transition for him… just gotta improve those hands.

  17. ctiggs says: Jun 27, 2013 10:07 AM

    Good to sae Dayton daily news get a shout out!

  18. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 27, 2013 10:10 AM

    One would have thought that Tebow would’ve had a bigger influence on Hernandez at Florida. Guess Tebow was too busy playing to the media to recognize that he had a teammate that was destined for major trouble…

  19. barrywhererufrom says: Jun 27, 2013 10:15 AM

    Maybe he Light was saying he didn’t agree with Hernandez ‘gangsta’ lifestyle. I have to say this s-head should of never had a chance to play college football. He was a gang member in Bristol. He gets a scholarship to UF and is part of a shooting in 07 that gets squashed. The freaking Pats still drafted the bag of balls. Sometimes criminals can play sports too. In Hernandez’s case their never was a real imputus to change. Why should he? He was able to play in the NFL and make millions with his criminal background..it’s sickening because I am sure their are many more like him with his background who are still ‘keeping it real..’

  20. aces79 says: Jun 27, 2013 10:15 AM

    Ray Lewis what did you do to make guys like this to follow your foot steps

  21. grogansneck says: Jun 27, 2013 10:17 AM

    “Who does this guy think he is?”

    “I’m Aaron Hernandez.”

  22. ijahru says: Jun 27, 2013 10:19 AM

    Now, the Patriot way seems to be let’s take other people’s headaches and problem children because we can get them in a later round or for a cheap contract. Dennard, Talib, Haynesworth, Hernandez, ocho, Kelly, Spikes, Merriwether, Lloyd, Stallworth, etc.

    I understand what you are trying to say but merriwhether was a first round pick, Spikes was a second round pick, and Lloyd and Stallworth weren’t problem childs when the Patriots first picked them up.

  23. ayoungandres says: Jun 27, 2013 10:20 AM

    Now seeing reports AH is being investigated for involvement in a double homicide in Boston last year.

    WTF. Murder rate in Boston is going to drop with him off the street.

  24. handlethehandles says: Jun 27, 2013 10:23 AM

    lets see if he can catch balls in prison!!! hes got some of the softest hands out there..

  25. shogunassasin30 says: Jun 27, 2013 10:24 AM

    Are some of you simple?? OF COURSE no one stands for murder. Matt light was speaking in the context of how Hernandez was as a person BEFORE he blew someone’s brains out. As in, he didn’t even like him as a teammate and seemed like a bad guy. Hopefully that clears things up for some of you.

  26. alleycatzz says: Jun 27, 2013 10:38 AM

    So now all of the “truth” about Hernandez is going to come out.

    Maybe if the Patriot Way weren’t so devoted to keeping things in house, Odin Lloyd would still be alive. As we’ve seen over the last few months, Aaron Hernandez was literally a loose canon looking for a fight.

    And now we’re hearing the stories from within the organization because he got cut.

    Maybe rather than focusing on protecting the organization through cover-ups, the Pats could have tried to get Hernandez some help, and protected their community from him.

  27. jamaltimore says: Jun 27, 2013 10:39 AM

    aces79 says: Jun 27, 2013 10:15 AM

    Ray Lewis what did you do to make guys like this to follow your foot steps

    ———————-

    Save the stupid comments this guy is the second coming of Rae Caruth and deserves everything he has coming to him. Ray lewis was a victim of an attack outside a bar where two men were killed by lord knows who.

  28. alleycatzz says: Jun 27, 2013 10:39 AM

    Way to call the guy out.

    After he got cut.

    And killed someone.

  29. melikefootball says: Jun 27, 2013 10:40 AM

    Let the finger pointing start now from the Pats.

  30. strokinmyego says: Jun 27, 2013 10:42 AM

    Matt Light and Hernandez organized a haunted house together for two years before Light retired. So what exactly didn’t he stand for at that time?

    It’s a classic hindsight, knee jerk reaction. Nobody saw Hernandez as a murderer. Anybody saying they did is a liar.

  31. patriotenvy says: Jun 27, 2013 10:43 AM

    Just look at all the tattoos he has, he looks like that “QB” out west.

  32. austinva says: Jun 27, 2013 10:49 AM

    id be careful mr light…if for some freak reason hernandez sees the outside again just remember he has killed for less then what u said

  33. tsizzlesucks says: Jun 27, 2013 10:50 AM

    THIS JUST IN……Jets sign Hernandez to a “futures” contract.

  34. officialgame says: Jun 27, 2013 10:50 AM

    I don’t think Hernandez stood for truth, justice, and the American way.

  35. doctormantistoboggan says: Jun 27, 2013 10:52 AM

    So, Matt Light’s not down with murder, but totally embraces a coach that cheats in the NFL and on his wife. THE PATRIOT WAY.

  36. xpensivewinos says: Jun 27, 2013 11:03 AM

    Sometimes it takes awhile to get clarity on a draft pick. Since Yosemite Sam was drafted, Belichick has once again been hailed as a genius for somehow stealing this guy in the draft.

    We now know that Belichick wasn’t so smart……. everyone else just ran the hell away and he merely gambled on talent versus potential trouble.

    The fact that he’s kept a pretty low profile until now seems like a minor miracle.

  37. strokinmyego says: Jun 27, 2013 11:05 AM

    “Maybe if the Patriot Way weren’t so devoted to keeping things in house, Odin Lloyd would still be alive. As we’ve seen over the last few months, Aaron Hernandez was literally a loose canon looking for a fight.”

    Blaming the Patriots for Odin Lloyd’s murder?Weeeeeeeak.

    I’ve seen a lot of Patriots trolls over the years. Most of them are harmless. But this right here is absolutely shameful. Aaron Hernandez (and his associates) are responsible for Odin Lloyd’s death. To trivialize this sad situation the way you have is ridiculous.

  38. steveohho says: Jun 27, 2013 11:07 AM

    Looking forward to seeing Hernandez profiled on the next episode of GANGLAND.

  39. gainedm says: Jun 27, 2013 11:10 AM

    Of course, bobzilla…

    It’s Tebow’s fault that Hernandez killed a man. smh

  40. deadunicorn says: Jun 27, 2013 11:13 AM

    I guess cheating is noble

  41. originalsteelcurtain says: Jun 27, 2013 11:18 AM

    Plenty of troublemakers and bad apples in the NFL…A Hern shoots his way to the top of the list.

  42. shayeezy says: Jun 27, 2013 11:18 AM

    fairly obvious belichick stretched himself too thin on this one.

  43. voddyt says: Jun 27, 2013 11:43 AM

    Translation: “Hernandez either bragged about it or at least insinuated he’s a member of Latin Kings”

  44. bostondonkey says: Jun 27, 2013 11:45 AM

    Not the first time he has killed someone.. stay tuned.

  45. malibu67 says: Jun 27, 2013 11:47 AM

    “I never talk about other guys, but I will say I have never embraced — never believed in —anything Aaron Hernandez stood for,” Light said.

    Reminds me of a politician in 2003. So john kerry-esque. ‘I voted for him before i voted against him”

  46. justintuckrule says: Jun 27, 2013 11:48 AM

    Coming from the second dirtiest player on that team in the last 15 years….that’s rich.

    btw – Harrison #1.

  47. bostondonkey says: Jun 27, 2013 11:51 AM

    The football star status is fading quickly and the sociopathic monster is going to be discovered quickly.. All the signs are there.. Self centered.. obsession with guns.. fights with teammates.. friends with violent gang types.. tightly wound..

    Start the body count..

  48. therealbillybuffalo says: Jun 27, 2013 11:54 AM

    Way to get your name back out there Matt.

  49. wad86 says: Jun 27, 2013 11:55 AM

    Of course now is when you will hear about the garbage, but it’s only going to be from players not under contract.

  50. malkinrulez says: Jun 27, 2013 12:14 PM

    jamaltimore get real. Victims don’t get arrested for obstructing. Ray knows more than he is saying. Ray Lewis is a great MLB but he is no victim. What you reap is what you sow.

  51. bostondonkey says: Jun 27, 2013 12:28 PM

    Don’t know how many times this needs to be pointed out…. THIS INTERVIEW WAS DONE WELL BEFORE THE MURDER CHARGE…

  52. dominus247 says: Jun 27, 2013 12:31 PM

    How long before there’s an article of a reporter asking Tebow about Hernandez? Bound to happen

  53. bostondonkey says: Jun 27, 2013 12:45 PM

    Hernandez executed Oden Lloyd because he had info on another double murder that Hernandez committed on Shawmut ave in BBoston

  54. djlexluger says: Jun 27, 2013 12:50 PM

    Product of his environment.

  55. hooterdawg says: Jun 27, 2013 1:07 PM

    Light probably didn’t agree with the rookie Hernandez threatening to jack veteran Welker up for his hazing of A-Hern. I would assume that a lot of vets disagreed with A-Hern’s gang mentality . You can’t change a tiger’s stripes.

  56. 2barquack says: Jun 27, 2013 1:17 PM

    Thank God that Tony G is coming back to save my Fantasy team for tight end.

  57. jimmyjames65 says: Jun 27, 2013 7:16 PM

    They don’t like for me to tell the truth about the Patsies or their fans.

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