June 20th, 2013 03:07 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Florida
Tags: Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots, NFL, North Attleboro
As the media — and it appears police — close in on New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, one of his former coaches at the University of Florida has offered a bit of insight into the ex-Gator:
“There were always people that were trying to surround themselves with him that weren’t in his best interest and they were around him. For him, it’s like anything else… He’s a good-hearted kid who had a hard time saying no…
He’s a lovable kid. He’s always welcome in my house and he’s always called my kids and talked to them. He’s a great kid, but since his father passed away the maturity part has been a little bit of a struggle.”
Hernandez — who signed a $40+ million contract with the Patriots last year — is very much a suspect in the murder of an associate in North Attleboro, a suburb of Boston. Reports claim he destroyed a cell phone and his home security cameras earlier this week which is — to say the least — suspicious.
Reports this week have linked Hernandez to gang activity in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut. It is well-known that he also admitted to failing multiple drug tests for marijuana at Florida before the NFL draft in 2010.
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