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Mike Brown should have a sit-down with Reggie Nelson


Earlier this week, Bengals owner Mike Brown climbed onto a soapbox and declared that his organization had no place for Aaron Hernandez when he entered the league via the 2010 draft.

Setting aside for now the many red-flagged (and/or orange-jumpsuited) players who have gotten second (and third, fourth, and fifth) chances from Brown’s Bengals, he currently employs a player whose name has emerged in an unsolved shooting possibly involving Hernandez.

According to ABC  News, a man in the car that was shot up nearly six years ago in Gainesville initially identified Reggie Nelson as being with the shooter.

That’s Reggie Nelson.  As in current Bengals safety Reggie Nelson.

While Randall Cason changed his story two days later, something stinks about the entire situation.  A shooting clearly happened.  Nearly six years later, no one has answered for it.

There’s enough information for Brown, if he wants to give any credence to his aversion to Hernandez, to investigate whether Nelson was involved.  If, after all, the stuff that already was available to NFL teams three years ago made Brown turn up his nose at Hernandez, the possibility that Nelson at a minimum knows who was responsible for the shooting should be enough to alarm Brown — and to make him want to get to the bottom of it.

The first step, after getting acquainted with the basic facts, would be a meeting with Nelson.  And if Brown believes Nelson is telling anything other than the truth, Brown should cut him.

Don’t hold your breath on any of that happening.  But if Brown wants to pat himself on the back for not picking Hernandez, Brown needs to be willing to apply the same standard that kept Hernandez out of the organization to every other member of it.

Including the man who may have been present when Hernandez possibly committed his first shooting.

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32 Responses to “Mike Brown should have a sit-down with Reggie Nelson”
  1. romosmicrodongs says: Jul 4, 2013 1:27 PM

    agreed. how can you take the high ground when you’ve got cohorts on your squad

  2. realfootballfan says: Jul 4, 2013 1:31 PM

    Who knew the Gators had the Bloods and Crips on their campus? With the creepy “Christian” leader coach coddling all of them and the local joke police department covering shootings, bar fights, and girlfriend beatings up for some tickets to the Swamp.

  3. Iknoweverything says: Jul 4, 2013 1:43 PM

    Mike Brown is the 3rd best Owner/GM in the league.
    The KC Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks occupy the top two spots

  4. abninf says: Jul 4, 2013 1:46 PM

    Leave the guy alone. Every team but NE passed on Hernandez.

  5. hlmatty1 says: Jul 4, 2013 1:53 PM

    This is beyond stupid. Did the Bengals have him off the board? Did he do drugs like Carter did even after getting into the league? Did he change his life around? Didn’t Brown say that he regretted not taking him? Has Nelson been anything for the last 6 years? If you were as consistent as you want others to be, why aren’t you castigating the Ravens for Ray Lewis?

  6. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jul 4, 2013 1:54 PM

    As ridiculous as Mike Brown sounded when he talked about not drafting Hernandez I think it’s a pretty big stretch to equate his situation with that of Nelson’s.
    It seems like you wrote this post mainly to ridicule Brown and his comments. He’s obviously not going to investigate Nelson and even if he did he was never charged with any crime so what could he do about it except cut him from the team? There’s clearly nothing that the league could do about it as far as discipline goes either.
    I can’t imagine you really even mean what you’re saying in this post. Forget about the fact that not drafting someone and cutting them for a crime that they were never charged with are two way different things. I guess it must be a slow day over there.

  7. 1rockyracoon says: Jul 4, 2013 1:58 PM

    Mike brown is not in the top 3 of any good category. Bengals, Chiefs, and Browns–so many playoff wins and championships!

  8. beelicker says: Jul 4, 2013 1:59 PM

    The Bengals didn’t draft Reggie Nelson & there’s no way he’d appear on any of their future draft boards either so this would seem to be a clear case of non-application … i.e. pathetically creating strawman scenarios to baselessly pseudo-moralize over fantasy ‘issues’

    The Bengals took their TE in the first round & then passed on ALL others that year too. As the draft proved, noone else considered AH worthy of a 1st, 2nd or 3rd round pick … Nelson was ALREADY in the league (Jags’ rookie) at the time of this alleged incident as well

  9. mackie66 says: Jul 4, 2013 2:02 PM

    And what exactly did Nelson do Florrio? What crime did Nelson commit. Who are you to advise an NFL owner to investigate an incident that happened 5-6 yrs ago, if then. No witnesses not even a victim. And realfootballfan, your an moron.
    Good hatchet job Florrrrio, those mountain morons from Virginia cant compete with the SEC you figure to attempt to committ murder against the SEC, you even dragged Tebow into this thing and who knows if he was there or not, you baffooon,,,
    Mike Florrrrio the conscience of the NFL, or National Felony League. Yo moron wheres the arrest clock?

  10. jmstt1 says: Jul 4, 2013 2:08 PM

    Two completely different situations. Brown wanted nothing to do with Hernandez because he would have been too expensive, or too high of a draft pick for the risk. Mike brown traded David Jones for Nelson. Jones was so bad he only played the first half of the season for the Jaguars. Risk is much easier to take when it doesn’t cost much of anything.

  11. jfd117 says: Jul 4, 2013 2:26 PM

    Get all the facts. Nelson wasn’t involved in the shooting. There was a disagreement earlier that night in the club, and Nelson was the only mature person to diffuse the incident. He was with Hernandez in the club, not afterwards.

    But Mike Brown should still keep his mouth shut.

  12. whodeyforever1982 says: Jul 4, 2013 2:31 PM

    I am truly sorry for the victims of these crimes.

    Beyond that…Give me a break. The Pouncey brothers were questioned too…oh wait, one of them plays for the Steelers so they don’t get brought up. If the Rooney family made these comments you would have nothing to say. Nelson may have been in a car (before the guy changed his story) and it’s comparable to what Hernandez is accused of?

    Bill Polian said they took him (Hernandez) off the Colts board. It happens, turn the page. The Patriots are making every effort to erase Hernandez from their organization. It’s a bad situation.

    Mike Brown was not patting himself on the back, I assure you. It’s not his way. He was merely answering a question.

  13. samoanjungle says: Jul 4, 2013 2:34 PM

    So if an admitted thief IDs someone we should investigate that person? Even if he recants the ID?

  14. themackstrong says: Jul 4, 2013 3:17 PM

    How tall is Tebow? About 6’4 – 235, I think he has a few tattoos too…

  15. stew48 says: Jul 4, 2013 3:23 PM

    By the way, Mike Brown might be cheap, but honest, fair, tolerant and considerate also.

  16. nickster31 says: Jul 4, 2013 3:25 PM

    Look at all the Bungles fans coming out to defend the owner that 90% of the fan base hates!

    For starters, the victim of this, you know, the man that was shot (?) said it was Nelson that pulled the trigger. If Brown is so proud that he had taken Hernandez off his board (because he shot someone), then he needs to explain how he is comfortable having a player on his team that was either with that person when he shot someone or shot him himself.
    If you read the original story, Tebow and the Pouncey brothers were with AH and Nelson PRIOR to the shooting, not there when it happened.
    And as for Meyer (who just reported an assistant that HE hired in Gainsville) for making a phone call. He is a POS, another “Christian” that gives the term a bad name!

    The bigger point, that Bengals fans are missing is, if Brown is so high and mighty that he takes someone off his draft board before giving that player a 2nd chance, maybe he should apy that logic to the NUMEROUS chances he gives other players.

  17. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 4, 2013 3:30 PM

    abninf says:

    Leave the guy alone. Every team but NE passed on Hernandez.

    Yeah up to that point in the 4th round.

    If you’re trying to claim that if the Pats had passed on him that no other team would have drafted him or signed him as an undrafted FA you’re living in fantasy land.

  18. savvybynature says: Jul 4, 2013 4:32 PM

    Mike Brown is as big of a turd as all the turds on his roster for enabling them to be grade-A a-holes. Now he wants to pat himself on the back? Give me a break. He would sign any gang banger out there if he thought it would help him save a few bucks and sell some tickets in the process.
    Chris Henry, Ahmad Brooks, Pacman Jones, Chad Johnson, etc, etc. It’s amazing that he hasn’t had a murderer on his team at this point.

  19. bunjy96 says: Jul 4, 2013 4:32 PM

    samoanjungle says: Jul 4, 2013 2:34 PM

    So if an admitted thief IDs someone we should investigate that person? Even if he recants the ID?


    Not if he’s paid which somehow seems to happen a lot with rich people, including sports players.

    Ask Kobe

  20. junglerat524 says: Jul 4, 2013 4:32 PM

    Another pointless witch hunt

  21. natijim235 says: Jul 4, 2013 5:27 PM

    again browns statement was the bengals didn’t want to draft hernandaz – nelson wasn’t drafted by bengals

  22. natijim235 says: Jul 4, 2013 5:29 PM

    what team doesn’t have their share of players get in trouble….that’s what i thought….aren’t any!!!

  23. raidergreg2000 says: Jul 4, 2013 5:36 PM

    I live in Cincinnati and Mike Brown is a clown.

  24. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 4, 2013 6:08 PM


    Yes, it’s called detective work following up on a lead.

  25. sparky151 says: Jul 4, 2013 7:55 PM

    There’s no particular reason for Brown to investigate. That’s for the Gainesville police to do and they didn’t think Nelson or Hernandez merited charges, probably because the victim changed his story and the other witnesses disagreed among themselves. Nelson also had an alibi for the time of the shooting.

  26. quizguy66 says: Jul 5, 2013 1:05 AM

    I think Mike Brown and Florio should investigate crimes as a team – that show could be the next hit for NBC!


  27. joetoronto says: Jul 5, 2013 4:40 AM

    Mike Brown and the Cincinnati Bengals, the joke that keeps on giving.

  28. vibesid says: Jul 5, 2013 8:15 AM

    Nelson did nothing wrong and is not even accused of doing anything wrong. If the Florida police did their job thoroughly they would have investigated this shooting in detail, but they did not do it then so it is doubtful they will do it now. The truth is that AHern’s name has been attached to the case, so Nelson is getting dragged into the media discussions through no fault of his own.

  29. iammrbinky says: Jul 5, 2013 8:17 AM

    According to the police report of the shooting, which occurred a week after the night club fight, Nelson was ID’d as being in the suspect vehicle. Had the Gainesville police actually done their job, Nelson may not have been drafted. Expecting the Bengals organization to go back and try and fix Gainesville PDs obvious cover up is moronic.

  30. Kaz says: Jul 5, 2013 8:48 AM

    I’m not even sure what the purpose of this assault on Mike Brown for a player he didn’t even draft and was never charged comes from. You really think he should cut Nelson? There were other players questioned. Are you going to have a post about the Steelers cutting Pouncey? A player they actually drafted… I have to admit even as a fan of this site, this attack screams personal and comes out of left field.

    Looks like the Steeler fan in you just couldn’t hold back. But remember if Brown has to cut Nelson a player he didn’t even draft, then I expect you to believe the Steelers must cut Pouncey as well. And if you don’t, then really what was the point?

  31. Kaz says: Jul 5, 2013 9:28 AM

    The original article was about the change of draft philosophy from back then to now. Hernandez was brought up because he was the story of that week. Now, how exactly does a player on his team that has never been arrested and wasn’t drafted by him need to be cut based off of the premise of that article? If hernandez stayed out of trouble and was up for trade for a 7th round pick I’m sure Mike would have taken a chance on him.

    The issue really isn’t the Pats drafting him. Many teams take chances on players, the issue is the Pats turning around and extending him with a multi million dollar contract. Once you do that your on the hook for criticism if it blows up in your face.

  32. whodeybrad says: Jul 5, 2013 11:17 AM

    This is unbelievable. Actually the Bengals have been one of the teams in the NFL that has worked hard to get high character guys on their team. They didn’t draft Nelson, plus the victims recanted their ID. It’s bad enough that you are saying Nelson is guilty until proven innocent, but this is “we are going to embellish this story in order to tie the Cincinnati Bengals into it”

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