Aaron Henandez: The Story of What Could’ve Been

Aaron Hernandez, former NFL star and New England Patriots tight end who was serving a life sentence in prison, was found hanged in his prison cell at approximately 3:05 a.m. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd back in 2013. His death comes less than a week after he was found not guilty for the killings of two other men in 2014.

The death of Aaron Hernandez seems to be the closing of a book for a person who had the life many people wish they had but threw it away. He was a star football player. He was beloved by the New England fans and was an exceptional player. He was making $40 million on a five-year contract with the Pats, had a fiancee and a daughter who was born just months before his arrest in June 2013.

It’s hard for anyone to wrap their head around what goes through somebody’s head in this situation. All Aaron Hernandez had to do was stay clean and stay out of trouble, and he was set. He had everything you could ever want in life, but couldn’t escape the gang life. There were reports that Hernandez had relations to gangs throughout his life. He has tattoos where it would lead many to believe that the murder(s) was gang-related.

Instead of catching footballs from future Hall of Famer Tom Brady, Hernandez was catching court dates and facing murder charges. Whatever way you look at it, it’s a sad story. I don’t feel the slightest bit of remorse for Hernandez regarding his death because at the end of the day he was a killer and a coward. Unless he’s found innocent somehow for the murder he was convicted of, nobody should feel sorry for him. He killed a man and may have murdered more while he was living the dream life. He was thinking of himself, not his family, not his fiancee, and not his kid. He didn’t think of how any of this would effect them in the long run.

I mentioned before that unless he’s found innocent of his previous murder charge, nobody should feel sympathy. Going off of that, I find it hard to believe that he killed himself. This is a very, very hot take, but hear me out.

Less than a week ago Hernandez was found not guilty on two counts of murder. Jose Baez, an attorney for Hernandez, was working on getting a new trial for the Odin Lloyd case. He was optimistic that they could possibly go back to trial and find Hernandez not guilty of that murder charge. The timing just doesn’t seem right. When things appear to look good on Hernandez’s behalf, he just kills himself. I’m not saying he would’ve gotten a new trial and could’ve been found not guilty, but there was a small chance that they could’ve at least gotten a new trial. I’m not one to hop on these conspiracy theories, but it seems like something else happened that we don’t know about.

As of right now, the report is he committed suicide. If there is no evidence proving that there was no foul play involved, then I’ll say I’m surprised he didn’t do it sooner. I thought the time when he was going to take his own life was after he was sentenced to life in jail and with the double-murder trial still ahead. I couldn’t see him lasting that long in jail. It’s a shame but that’s how I saw his story ending, and indeed it did.

What could’ve been if Hernandez hadn’t done what he had done? Him and Gronk were a dangerous tandem and could’ve taken the NFL by storm together. He was a star football player with wasted potential. He could’ve made millions more and lived the life many wish they could have. He could’ve married his fiancee and watched his daughter grow up. He would’ve lived a good life with anything he could’ve asked for. Instead, he was found hanging in a prison cell.

I’ll never forget the day Aaron Hernandez got arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd. I was having lunch with my dad while watching him being taken away in handcuffs while his white shirt was draped over his body and arms. I asked the same question to myself then as I still do today, and that’s: Why would he just throw his life away like this? I was confused then, and I’m still confused hours after the announcement of his death.

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