RAPOPORT: Yeah, there is one that I think about a lot. I would end up hanging around by his locker a lot. He would do his interviews and we would chat. There weren’t a lot of guys that were just hanging out in the locker room, especially during those years, so we would hang out and we would talk. When we first exchanged numbers, he called me over and said, “Hey I just want you to know, you’re my guy. If you need anything let me know, I will help you out if I can. But I just want you to know, if you f— me over, I’ll kill you.” I sort of laughed a little bit Authentic Nate Solder Jersey , and I said, “Don’t worry, I got you, I’ll take care of you.” It was me and this other reporter from CBS Sports, WIlliam Bendetson, and he was standing there and had listened and we kind of turned to each other and both laughed. And then the first text I got after it became clear that Hernandez was the suspect in the murder investigation was from William Bendetson, who was like, Hey remember that day in the locker room?
COURCHESNE: There was never anything I saw in him where I thought he was changing or becoming a different person. After he committed to Florida, I didn’t have that much contact with him after that. He went into that realm and he separated himself from the UConn program. I always wondered if that was something that Randy Edsall said, like Phillip Gaines Jersey Elite , I don’t want you around anymore after you turned your back on us. I really had no interaction with Hernandez after that, and that is the time that most people have said is when things started to go bad. That perfect storm, committing to Florida, losing his father, and a lot of wonderment about his life and his dad and influences and where he was going.
KAHLER: Our Albert Breer wrote a column about the impact of Hernandez’s story and whether it might make coaches and executives think differently about players with a checkered past. Do you think there is any lesson in Hernandez’s saga for NFL teams to learn?
RAPOPORT: I don’t think so. Teams investigate a lot and we are going to spend the next week talking about all the investigations into Joe Mixon. These things are very real and I think teams try to do a good job at finding out as much as they can about the past. This seems more like an anomaly than anything else. There are some players who come into the league with a history of drug problems who have been violent. I don’t think anyone can say, Alright, this is the next Aaron Hernandez. It is so case-by-case that I really don't think it will affect things that much, and that’s O.K. I think the Patriots and the NFL in general did a lot of things, really everything they could do on Hernandez, and it still turned out like this. So I don’t know that it is going to be one of those far-ranging things.
FOWLER: It’s the character debate on steroids Wholesale Ed Dickson Jersey , every year the NFL goes through the same song and dance about players with character issues. How far should they fall in the draft? Should teams take them off their board entirely? Hernandez went in the fourth round. Obviously, on talent alone, he would have gone a lot higher. The Patriots were taking a calculated risk. It has to resonate with teams. It’s an anomaly but it’s gotta be a reminder to triple-check everything to see if there is even a remote problem that could lead to issues down the line.
Players would mysteriously appear on the sidelines in a walking boot. Some guys speculated that the boot was a mechanism for when a player got in trouble. I’m not sure if Hernandez was in the walking boot or not, but I know he was out of the Hawaii game mysteriously.
KAHLER: Some people argue that Hernandez doesn’t deserve any sympathy because he was a convicted murderer. Do you have any sympathy for him?
RAPOPORT: Yeah, I did feel sad. I’m sure I shouldn’t. I’m sure I should say he deserves nothing. I feel really sad. I’m sad for him and his family, I’m sure he didn’t mean to end up like this. I’m sure everyone connected to him is left to deal with this now and I hate it. And for the victims I hate it even more because they get no closure now. I’m sure I shouldn’t feel sad, but I really do… He was someone that I knew and liked and then later found out there was a lot more that I didn’t know. But he also has a daughter and a family and the victims and their families don’t get any peace now. I was just really sad for him, for what his life became, for everyone. I don’t know, I just felt sad. The whole thing sucks.
COURCHESNE: I understand the people that say they don’t have sympathy for him because of what he did and is alleged to have done and the monster that he has been portrayed as. I totally understand that Authentic J'Mon Moore Jersey , but I think there were mental health issues. Anybody that loses a parent suddenly at 16 years old is going to have some issues. He’s admitted that he started using marijuana after his father died, so a combination of issues in your head and using drugs, and if you’re using drugs you are probably hanging out with people who don’t have your best interests in mind. I have sympathy for 16-year-old Aaron Hernandez, who got caught up in that life because his head was messed up. I don’t have sympathy for the adult who allegedly killed people and became this raging monster. I have a ton of sympathy for his brother who I believe is a really good person and has had his life turned upside down because of this. You look at D.J.’s story, he was a rising coach in college f. Authentic Womens Ronnie Harrison Jersey , Authentic Womens Robert Griffin III Jersey , Authentic Womens Hayden Hurst Jersey , Authentic Womens Justin Reid Jersey ,