Column: Hernandez shows perils of hero worship
Ethan Lynch, 9, of Plainville, Mass., shields his head from the sun while waiting to exchange his Aaron Hernandez football jersey at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, July 6, 2013. Fans may trade an Aaron Hernandez jersey they purchased for one of another player on the New England Patriots NFL team. The team released Hernandez after he was arrested for allegedly orchestrating the death of Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:00 am
(AP) - Robert Kraft claims he was duped, though the owner of the New England Patriots seemed to have plenty of warnings before taking tight end Aaron Hernandez in the 2010 NFL draft.
The fact Hernandez was left untouched by other teams until midway through the fourth round despite his obvious physical skills was one. So was an incident while Hernandez was at the University of Florida, when the 17-year-old allegedly refused to pay for two drinks at a bar and then sucker-punched an employee who tried to collect.
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