Patriots teammates: Hernandez a loner

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If anything has become obvious, it’s that very few people, if any, truly knew Aaron Hernandez.

The people who worked alongside him are not exempt from that, as several said he was as mysterious around the Patriots as he is to investigators now.

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald spoke to a number of his former teammates, and while none gave their names, there was a general sense that Hernandez was an enigma to them.

“No one hung out with him,” one player said. “No one.”

Another added: “Out of 53 guys, surely there’s someone you could find to hang out with. Instead, he chose to revert to his network from his hometown.”

The reliance on old friends plays into the “influenced by a bad crowd” blanket that is being thrown over Hernandez by many at the moment. Of course, those in his old neighborhood could easily point to him as being the bad element that was dragging them down.

But while former Patriots teammate Deion Branch was the only teammate to refer to him as a “a great guy and a great friend,” others apparently didn’t share that opinion.

“I just think he fooled everyone,” a former teammate said.

That can’t be argued, even by those who claim with the benefit of hindsight they were scared away from him.

89 responses to “Patriots teammates: Hernandez a loner

  1. What choice did he have? They could have been in rival gangs. No homey is taking that big a chance.

  2. Just because he is a loner doesn’t mean it was obvious he could possibly be a murderer as well.
    This guy thought he was above the law and he
    would never be held accountable for shooting people, which is how he thought best to handle
    disagreements with others.

  3. “Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald spoke to a number of his former teammates, and while none gave their name…”

    Smartest decision by the Patriots since Tony Eason was the QB.

  4. He has the perfect situation right now then… being locked up in solitary confinement and all.

  5. maybe you should watch replays of games after Hernandez scored touchdowns and watch all those guys celebrate with him then ask those same guys about him.

  6. Easy to say when the guy as at rock bottom… but why weren’t you saying this when he was scoring touchdowns?

  7. The most refreshing thing about all this AH talk, all the other stories which weren’t stories have passed by the wayside and are no longer of interest. I will say I expect to see old Billy Bob Bellicek blow his lid at some point during camp as it’s truly going to be a circus up there with Brother Tim and now the AH fiasco going on…

  8. This, “Influenced by a bad crowd,” meme that is being bantered about is pure BS. You only have in your life what you want in your life. If he didn’t want those bad influences in his life they simply would not have been a part of his life. It’s not like any of his other friends lived in his multimillion dollar neighborhood.

  9. This is the Belichick spin-master at work. Bill has told all players to deny any knowledge whatsoever of Hernandez. Within a couple weeks, Bill hopes to have all traces of Hernandez scrubbed clean from all Pats record keeping.

    Soon, Goodell will begin the process of destroying all Hernandez videos. NFL reps are already being trained to respond to all questions with the following statement: “Hernandez who?? Never heard of him!”

  10. i am amazed at how well the Pats hid these problems. it seemed like the kid had out grown his party days, and really matured, and now hes being investigated in 4 shootings…..

  11. Makes you wonder if getting drafted by a team not so close to his hometown would have been a big benefit to him. Not making excuses for the guy, but he obviously needed to get away from those people.

  12. Typical Patriot reaction.

    While he was on the team Hernandez was a great guy and everyone loves Hernandez……….after he is gone, NOW Hernandez was a loner, an enigma, and no one liked him.

    The Pats must have the most two-faced, hypocritical players on one team…..EVER.

    But just look at their “fanbase” as examples. 95% of the “fans”12 years ago were bashing on the team while they ran errands for their fat women in their overpriced Volvo, while feeding their face with Chowder. Now after a few illegitimate titles, obtained by cheating, these new “fans” adore this team and still are the most obnoxious creatures on the fake coast.. In 3 years when the team is back to being a perennial loser, all those “fans” will suddenly become Giants fans

  13. Put a name to your quotes or shut up – although everything points to him being a class-A dirtbag, if you’re going to speak – put your name on it

  14. I find it really hard to believe that he wasn’t friends with anyone from the team. Did he stay in the hotel by himself when they traveled to games? Did he really never go out to dinner or something with some of his teammates?

    To me this sounds more like what the Patriots orginization wants its players to say about AH. I bet you more than one guy in that locker room spent some QT with him. The orginization is just trying to distance itself from him as fast as possible.

  15. Not taking any blame away from Hernedez but where were the Patriot leaders? You always here this Patriot Way but now that things unfolded they are quick to distance themselves.

  16. I have a feeling Deion Branch was exaggerating how good of a friend Hernandez was to him. They probably had a great time playing football together, but that is probably where it ended. Sounds like Hernandez was living a double life and it began taking its toll…and he started getting sloppy, maybe because a part of him wanted to be caught so the lies could end. He very well could be more at peace now in jail than he ever was on the outside.

  17. Just like when Chris Herren was traded from the Nuggets to the Celtics, it’s one of those cases where “going home” was almost certainly the worst scenario for this guy.

  18. Sounds a bit like “Big frog in the little pond” for AH. Most people didn’t even consider him the best TE (Gronk) on his team. But he was a really big deal with his cadre.

  19. “maybe you should watch replays of games after Hernandez scored touchdowns and watch all those guys celebrate with him then ask those same guys about him.”

    For anyone who played football, you run to the endzone and celebrate with whoever scores a touchdown. It doesn’t matter if he’s your best friend or an acquaintance, that’s part of being a team.

  20. Of course everybody was scared away. Have you checked out the guys he was hanging with? Players friends and family bump into each a lot. No way did nobody notice that Aaron’s guys were trouble.

    I’m sure they didn’t think he was a murderer personally, but the Pats’ brass must have just been waiting to find out somebody in his crew had been arrested. Betting the Tebow signing was to try and rein him in, but it came too late.

  21. Being in the military full time and dealing with a lot of new troops who came from troubled youth, the time we used to worry about was when they went home on leave for the first time and were around their old influences. So many that where doing good to that point would get into trouble or would get busted on a drug test afterwards.

    But those were kids right out of high school – not college.

  22. What?!?!?!?! Hernandez was a loner? The Pats should be fined for not doing their due diligence, and Kraft should have his toe nails removed with rusty pliers, and Belichick should be suspended for the season, blah blah blah… (Eye roll). There, just saved all the morons the trouble of having to try to type that out. Did I miss anything?

  23. Just because someone is a loner doesn’t mean they have extreme anti-social tendencies. A vast majority of people called “loners” are just people who like peace and quiet away from other people.

    You never see this: “REPORT: Murder was a social, outgoing people person” because that’s boring and doesn’t get people talking. But if the guy kept a small circle of friends, well then he must be loner and let’s make that a big part of the whole story.

  24. At age 16 his father dies , starts hanging out with wrong crowd(BLOODS) 17 he’s 6’4 230 that’s a big boy starts trying to prove he’s about that life. If the Gainesville attempted murder comes back on Hernandez you have a young adult with no direction other then the direction of his “gang” The adults in his life are kissing his a** because they want his to go to there school or get in his pockets knowing his potential. He is a SOCIOPATH!!!!!! Every one that has been in a supervisory role from 16-now has enabled him.

  25. Hmmm Hernandez is being described almost the same way people described Jeffrey Dahmer and the uni bomber. Loner kept to himself, people seemed to like him.

  26. Somehow the definition of “The Patriot Way” has been spun by the media to mean that they don’t employ trouble makers. Not sure where they got that from because “The Patriot Way” was really a off the cuff label created by Tedy Bruschi to describe the team’s “one game at a time” and “no one is bigger than the team” mentality. Do your research people.

  27. The Pats have no choice but to distance themselves from Hernandez. “Who?” “Him” “Never heard of the guy.”

  28. Gotta love some of these comments ,especially from someonewhoknowsnothing about the Patriots or their fans.

    Did anyone on this website forsee any type of this character for Hernandez? As someone who follows the Patriots closely for almost close to 40 years I might add, he was becoming a poster child nationally. Puma signed him to a huge endorsement as their company spokesman,along with muscle milk and others.

    I was shocked and still remain in shock that this is who he was on his dark side.

    Hate all you want, the Patriots as an organization did the right thing and I guarantee anyone that there will be no circus in Foxboro as long as Bill Belichick is concerned. Hernandez disappointed a lot of people.

  29. I wouldn’t admit to knowing him either…might find myself dead, in a rental car ditched off some road somewhere…coincidentally, of course…

  30. Offensively the Patriots are practically an all white team like the 80’s Celtics. I can see how he didnt fit in… and its not surprising that Deion Branch was the only one to refer to him as a friend.

  31. People do get away with living double lives you know.

    Look at Mike Vick and what he got away with for years that most people had no suspicion of at all.

    When I was younger I provided concert lighting systems to a club that had gay nights. On the gay nights there was a guy who was a transvestite and worked as a “waitress” there. During the day he was an attorney an no one in his office had the slightest idea about his fetish. He got off on the fact that no one in his regular life knew about his secret.

    Even had some of the Pats players been closer with him it is unlikely they would have figured out what Hernandez was hiding.

  32. Funny how the Patriots released Brandon Lloyd because they didn’t like his “behavior”…..Karma

  33. raiderlyfe510 says:
    Jul 3, 2013 12:20 PM
    Offensively the Patriots are practically an all white team like the 80′s Celtics. I can see how he didnt fit in… and its not surprising that Deion Branch was the only one to refer to him as a friend.
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    Umm…what? Fells, Lloyd, Cannon, Vereen, Ridley, Bolden, Hoomanowanui, none of them are “white”. Deion is a sweet, gentle person who would find something good to say about Charles Manson.

    And yeah I wish none of them had commented at all if they weren’t going to put their names on it.

  34. I would take teammate statements with a MAJOR grain of salt, as who the heck is going to admit to being anything more than a workmate of a possible serial killer. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear Patriots say, “Hernandez? Never heard of the guy, didn’t even realize he was on the team!”

  35. Alfonso Denard is a criminal loner, has he been cut yet?

    Oh of course not he can help on the field, the “real” Patriot way.

    Stay Classy NE

  36. Branch implied he hung out with him. I think that lots of Pats probably hung out with him and they just don’t want to be connected to him or attached to his crimes. I have a hard time believing he was such an unknown ghost to everybody associated with the Pats, but that’s what they would have you believe now.

    I wish some reporter had interviewed the team before the arrest about what they thought of AH and who are his friends. That way they couldn’t duck out of the question with a false answer now. At least ask the Pats to clarify who is and who is not somebody that each of them would associate with so they don’t have any outs to act completely innocent and ignorant the next time something bad happens.

  37. You can take the kid out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the kid. Wasted talent and wasted life!

    You can’t help those who don’t want to be helped.

  38. I love seeing big ego’s come crashing down. It’s even better when it’s a gang banger. If this lifestyle is so great and sexy then Aaron should be in heavenly bliss. This should be the pinnacle for him. I love looking at his face and waiting for him to melt down and start crying. Have to admit at this point though he has been stone cold. His Mom still thinks he’ll be founf innocent. That is the real funny part of all of this.

  39. I mean look at that purple shirt, I bet he was banging with the 3rd Street Saints… probably talking with Julius or Johnny as we speak..

    I know but darn, when can you reference Saints Row on Profootball talk!!!

  40. Look what happens to people who get close to him they end up dead or shot and left to die. Or mysteriously die in a car accident

  41. Betting the Tebow signing was to try and rein him in, but it came too late.?

    Really? Tebow? Why would you drag him through this murder spree?
    This has nothing to do with his signing IMO.

  42. This team is a joke when he was scoring TD every one was on his nutz…now they claim he was a outcast WOW…Pats have not one a SB since spygate..they say my team is disfunctional check your self befor ya reck yourself Pats..bye the way we do get the last laugh.

  43. @ jg725 says: Jul 3, 2013 11:28 AM

    Put a name to your quotes or shut up – although everything points to him being a class-A dirtbag, if you’re going to speak – put your name on it

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    I’m pretty sure your real name is not jg725 is it?

  44. “Hello! Welcome to Taco Bell can I take your order?”

    AH: “Yea, can I get a couple burritos, no guacamole, some tacos and a large rootbeer”

    “Sir, we are all out of taco shells unfortunatel-”

    BANG BANG BANG

    *slump*

  45. Poor guy just wanted to be left alone. odin Lloyd wouldn’t stop bothering him. only nature to put two in his dome executioner style to get some peace and quiet.

  46. They knew he was trouble when he refused the “eat a deuce from Tom Brady’s caboose” initiation to the team–what a loser!!

  47. Assuming he is found guilty I feel confident that when he gets out in 2043 he will be a different person. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  48. Am I considered a “friend” considering I “owned” Hernandez )literally)… on my fantasy team? I sure hope the FEDS/FBI don’t come knocking on my door. Ahh daaaam, I guess I’m focked either way. D’ooooh!!!

  49. “none gave their names”

    I was going to criticize them for not putting their name on it.

    Then I realized they might end up in a car “accident” like his uncle’s son-in-law if they did.

  50. Sorry but the Pats just can’t wash their hands of Hernandez. They had to have some idea he was a bad seed. This is an organization that goes to great lengths to gather information about players. In retrospect it now makes sense why Belichik picked up Ballard a year ago. He probably knew the clock was ticking on Hernandez’s destructive behavior.

  51. Branch was just being Branch. He was being a good (former) teammate as usual, and being supportive of a teammate that was yet to be found guilty, and possibly just extending AH the privilege of having someone believe the best in him until proven otherwise. Nobody would want to be abandoned like this based solely on accusations. That would speak poorly on all of us. Of course this looks really really really bad for AH. But it is nice to see that someone had the grace to extend hope until hope was lost. After all, in some way, whatever happened to AH to make him this way, if he is guilty, is also a tragedy.

  52. People gotta get off this “he just couldn’t get away from his old friends” blah blah blah crap. The evidence says HE called his old friends, told them to come up to Mass to help him kill someone who HE wanted to kill. The other two guys didn’t even know Oden Lloyd. I know the media loves to frame stories, but this isn’t a “bad crowd dragging him down” story so get off it.

  53. “Classy” franchise and “classy” players. Isn’t the “patriot way” supposed to be one as a team? Isn’t Bellicheck the perfect coach for reclamation projects?… Pats have been a scumbag team for yrs. sad that it takes a murderer for some of the media to see it.

  54. patriotinvasion says: Jul 3, 2013 12:01 PM

    Somehow the definition of “The Patriot Way” has been spun by the media to mean that they don’t employ trouble makers. Not sure where they got that from because “The Patriot Way” was really a off the cuff label created by Tedy Bruschi to describe the team’s “one game at a time” and “no one is bigger than the team” mentality. Do your research people.

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    I have watched for years as Teddy Bruschi himself along with Rodney Harrison, Heath Evans, Willie McGinest and M. Lombardi any chance they gets talk the “Patriot Way” pointing to success and this high standard that is exclusive to New England. Belichick brought on Albert Haynesworth and Chad Johnson with that same naive thought and Pats fans where all on board until they didn’t produce. Now that the flaws of your team are on display for the world just like any other, you can’t claim “The Patriot Way” only means this….

  55. @davekezer:

    Not making excuses for the guy, but he obviously needed to get away from those people.

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    More to the point, they needed to get away from him.

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