I have no sympathy whatsoever for Aaron Hernandez.
Even as I got word of the the news that he had apparently committed suicide in his prison cell early Tuesday morning, I didn’t think much of it. The entire sports world, however, shared different sentiments than mine.
I’ve listened to various members of the sports media make a pathetic and pointless effort to categorize what we now know 100 percent to be a suicide by the former New England Patriot as a tragedy. The word tragic can be used here, but not for this monster of a human being.
The real tragedy here lies with the family of Odin Lloyd, the man whom Hernandez murdered and was serving a life sentence in prison for, without bail. The pain that Lloyd’s family had to go through and still deals with to this very day is tragic. How anyone could show even a fraction of sympathy for someone who lured Lloyd to his house, only to kill him, and show no remorse is unfathomable.
It’s tragic that Hernandez’s four-year-old daughter has to grow up without a father, but even more so that she will have his shadow looming over her for the rest of her life. It’s tragic that she will always be associated with a convicted killer.
Although his deaths officially been ruled a suicide, Hernandez’s family has had a tough time believing that he could do such a thing. They even plan on trying to sue the New England Patriots and the NFL if the CTE tests that are to be done on Hernandez’s brain come back positive.
How dare they try to blame this awful human’s actions on brain damage and not just due to the fact that he was a terrible person. Quite frankly, it’s an insult to the families of Junior Seau and Dave Duerson, who actually suffered from CTE and who were good and honorable people.
The fact of the matter is, traces of CTE will likely not be found in Hernandez’s 27-year-old brain. It will then be impossible to prove that brain damage caused him to murder and commit crimes against innocent people. Hernandez had a criminal streak well before he entered the NFL, so his family’s argument really holds no water from the get-go.
I hope that news outlets will stop covering Hernandez. He doesn’t deserve the air-time, or even the time of day that people have been using to discuss his suicide. He was an awful human being who wasted his potential and blew his chance to make millions of dollars and be a star in the NFL.
Maybe that’s the real tragedy here.