He is now considered an innocent man. Under Massachusetts law, if a convicted person dies before the appeals process is completed, the case reverts to the start and the conviction is vacated. Is that why he did it? His family and his attorney, Jose Baez of Casey Anthony infamy, believe he was murdered. Not out of the realm of possibility with his gang ties, and the timing is a little bizarre….
I’m not a football fan. I mean, as a New Englander it’s mandatory I root for the Patriots when they’re in the Super Bowl, and believe it or not I do understand football. Aaron Hernandez is a sad, cautionary tale perhaps, but definitely a study in what not to do when you make it out of the hood.
He was from Bristol, CT, which is about 20 miles outside of Hartford and not a “hood” by any means but not immune to gang activity. Hernandez was allegedly a member of the Bloods, and didn’t leave his connections behind when he made it to the NFL. Allegedly. He showed up at his latest court case just days ago with a brand new neck tattoo symbolizing the Bloods. Allegedly.
Doing a life bid with no parole for shooting and killing his friend, and just beating a double murder rap, Hernandez hung himself in his cell early this morning. He lived by the sword and didn’t have to, and died a coward’s death in a dingy Massachusetts jail cell, alone, by his own hand, with a prison-issue sheet.
I get the despair. I can’t fathom life in that place. A year almost did me in, but the Department of Corrections definitely corrected me. Why now? After such a major acquittal?
The whole thing is just a shame. A young, strong, good looking guy with an NFL career, millions in the bank, a fiancée and daughter, and bright future couldn’t leave the thug life behind and still, even with all that, carried guns, killed his friend and threw it all away and for what. Where’s his gang now?
A waste of more than one life-Odin Lloyd who he killed for lord knows what reason and now Hernandez himself who came from nothing, to glory, and back to nothing ending in a lonely cell at 3am.
Just a shame.
Talk soon, Lovelies