Opinion: Meyer not to blame in Aaron Hernandez accusations

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is currently sitting in jail. He has no chance for parole as he awaits trial for the first-degree murder of 27-year old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

Since the news of Hernandez’s potential involvement in the cold-blooded slaying of Lloyd broke, police, fans and members of the media have all begun digging deeply into the young man’s past. Maybe they have been looking for answers, maybe they been looking for blame? Whatever they have been looking for, what those investigations have found are bar fights, failed drug tests and filed police reports during his time at the University of Florida.

After weeks of keeping silent on the subject, Hernandez’s former coach in Gainesville, Urban Meyer (now the head coach at Ohio State), finally responded in a series of text messages to Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch.

“I just received an e-mail from a friend where there is an accusation of multiple failed drug tests by Hernandez covered up by Univ. of Florida or the coaching staff. This is absolutely not true. Hernandez was held to the same drug testing policy as every other player.”

“He was an athlete at Florida 4-to-7 years ago and there are some comments being made that are not correct. Our staff, myself and our families worked very hard to mentor and guide him.”

”Prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim. Relating or blaming these serious charges to Univ. of Florida, myself or our staff is wrong and irresponsible.”

Meyer has taken heat from all sides since his clunky departure from Florida two years ago. However, in this case, critics looking for someone to blame should take a cue from the Massachusetts judiciary system.

Meyer is a football coach. At the end of the day, he is not Hernandez’s family, nor is he actually Aaron Hernandez. Did the coach give one of his star players preferred treatment at Florida? Perhaps. We may not ever know the full answer to that question.

What we do know is that no matter how much people want to drag others into the situation, there is only one person who has been cut by his NFL team and is currently awaiting trial.

Aaron Hernandez – not one of the many, many coaches he has played under throughout the years.

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  • Jeff Cook

    Meyer says it didn’t happen. Many others say it did. If UF staff covered for Hernandez to keep him on the field they most assuredly bear a level of responsibility. Guilt by omission is still guilt. Just as Hernandez is responsible for his actions, Meyer is responsible for inaction, if you believe the many reports of cover up.