Crime and The NFL


On June 26th Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was charged with murdering his friend after the two had a dispute during a trip to a nightclub.

Hernandez is charged with the first-degree murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semipro football player whose body was found in an industrial park about a mile from the former New England Patriots tight end’s home.

Hernandez, 23, also was charged with one count of carrying a firearm without a license, two counts of possessing a large-capacity firearm and two counts of possessing a firearm without an FID card. Hernandez could get life without parole if convicted.

Hernandez, released by the Patriots less than two hours after his arrest, pleaded not guilty and has been ordered to be held without bail. He also faces five gun-related charges, which were revealed Wednesday afternoon in Attleboro District Court.

Lloyd’s relatives said he was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée, that the two men were friends and that the men were out together on the last night of Lloyd’s life. He was shot multiple times in the back and chest, authorities said.

The Patriots, known for a low tolerance toward players getting in trouble on the street surprised no one when they cut Hernandez. Now whether Hernandez is guilty of these charges or not he wouldn’t have been in any position to play football this season. It would be impossible to include a player in your starting roster not knowing his future or availability.

The day before Hernandez’s arrest we found former Cleveland Brown’s rookie Ausar Walcott had turned himself in to Passaic NJ police Tuesday after he was identified as a suspect in an incident that happened around 3 a.m. Sunday.

Walcott, 23, is charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault and third-degree endangering an injured victim, said Salvatore Bellomo, a senior assistant prosecutor.

He said the complaint alleges Walcott punched a man in the head.

The Record newspaper (http://bit.ly/19t3uSU) said the Hackensack, N.J.; native and former University of Virginia player struck 24-year-old Derrick Jones just after The Palace Gentlemen’s Club closed. Police told the newspaper that Jones, who is from New York City, was critically injured.

Walcott was being held on $500,000 bail.

The linebacker was signed by the Browns on May 13 following a tryout. The team announced his release Wednesday.

His release came on the day after the AFC’s rookies visited the Browns’ facility as part of the NFL’s Rookie Symposium, four days of seminars and meetings including speeches from Cincinnati cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones and former Ohio State star Maurice Clarett about staying out of trouble. These seminars are designed to prepare the drafted first-year players for life as a professional — on and off the field.

Walcott is the second Browns rookie to be arrested this year. Seventh-round selection Armonty Bryant was charged with drunken driving in Oklahoma less than one week after the Browns picked the defensive end in April’s draft. Bryant, who was also arrested on a felony drug charge in college, said Tuesday that he has been working hard to stay clean.

Thirty-six NFL players have been arrested to date in 2013 for infractions other than simple speeding.http://www.utsandiego.com/nfl/arrests-database/?appSession=17855368873687&RecordID=&PageID=2&PrevPageID=&cpipage=1&CPISortType=&CPIorderBy= That’s a whole team. Now let’s add some perspective to that number. If any other business in America had 36 of it’s employees arrested in six months how would they react? I believe we’d see some policy changing, some stringent hiring processes put in place, and some aggressive counseling geared toward red flag employees. I’m not implying that the NFL has not made some provisions and revisions in an attempt to derail potential criminal behavior from it’s players, because it has. But considering the arrest numbers, they don’t seem to be very effective.

There is seriously something mentally unstable with a person that has a wonderful job, paying an awesome salary, with hundreds of admirers, and yet they, oftentimes do everything in their power to destroy themselves. And in some instances do it over and over. Like Titus Young getting arrested for DUI then getting arrested again the same day for breaking into the impound lot in an attempt to steal his car out  of it. Oh and for the ballistics on a football player that was hell bent, come hell or high water to destroy himself, not mention his career and anything within 5 feet of him, go here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Jones_(American_football).

Now be mindful, this NFL opportunity is the second chance for a lot of these men. Some came through rough unforgiving territory to get to the NFL and get right at the doorstep of success and throw it all away. I don’t buy the “they think they’re above the law and they’re going to get off” argument anymore. I know some of them get more chances than you and I would, but I don’t believe these men are banking on that when they engage in this self-destructive behavior. I wish I could tell you what someone was thinking, when he, a high profile figure, attacks his girlfriend in a Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot for all to see. I wish I knew what was going through the head of one of the most celebrated cornerbacks in the league, already with an arrest record longer than most admitted career criminals, finds himself two weeks prior to the writing of this article, charged with hitting a lady in a downtown Cincinnati night club. I wish I could tell you what a guy is thinking, when he knows half the country can recognize him is thinking when he goes out and gets involved in a brazen criminal act.

I think therein lies the root reason of why year after year we continue to see athletes fall into the clutches of crime. No really know truly what they were thinking at the very moment they crossed the threshold of sound and stable into mental and unstable.

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Author: Geo Gee

I'm a curious one that finds politics, social issues, and diverse progressive solutions interesting. I believe information and education are the most powerful weapons one can arm himself with. Those two dynamics alone open the doors to opportunities. I also subscribe to each one teach one for a better world for all.

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