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Ex-teammate paints unflattering image of Hernandez

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07:08 AM ET 06.28 | Earlier this week, Matt Light spoke volumes with a simple sentence. I've known [Light] a long time and I have never -- and I mean NEVER -- heard him speak ill of another player. ... But Tuesday when I asked the former New England Patriot star tackle about his old teammate -- tight end Aaron Hernandez -- his easy smile quickly vanished and he went silent for several seconds as he decided what, if anything, he would say. "I never talk about other guys, but I will say I have never embraced -- never believed in -- anything Aaron Hernandez stood for," Light finally said. ... [Light] insinuated that Hernandez, with whom he played alongside for two years, has always had his own agenda -- and it wasn't a good one. Light now sounds prophetic.

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June 28, 2013  07:30 AM ET

No bail, and in Massachusetts the penalty for first degree murder, which is already the charge, is life without parole.

It would appear that society is protected from this guy. Now and forever.

June 28, 2013  07:40 AM ET

There are so many stories coming out of the woodwork now, about AH, that it's surprising the Pats gave him such a strong contract last summer. They tagged Welker and gave Hernandez the big contract.

Hoodie isn't always as smart as we give him credit for.

June 28, 2013  07:49 AM ET

It's pretty clear that the Patriots put talent and future production on the field far ahead of any off the field issues. They had to know what Hernandez was (Light did) and yet his on the field contributions were more important than doing what was right.

At some point choosing talent over character will bite you in the **** and it bit the Pats hard.

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June 28, 2013  07:54 AM ET

From now on, part of "passing a physical" will be having your tattoos checked over for gang markings.

June 28, 2013  07:56 AM ET

I guess this is the opposite of the usual 'no one thought he would ever do something like that' quote printed by the press when they ask people close to the situation if they thought so and so would ever do something like this.

June 28, 2013  07:56 AM ET
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At some point choosing talent over character will bite you in the **** and it bit the Pats hard

Funny, last night I said "Aaron Hernandez - where badass meets ****" and Nanny left it alone.

June 28, 2013  08:00 AM ET
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I guess this is the opposite of the usual 'no one thought he would ever do something like that' quote printed by the press when they ask people close to the situation if they thought so and so would ever do something like this.

he was a quiet guy and never caused any trouble but he kept to himself?

June 28, 2013  08:01 AM ET
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Nah, Welker has taken a lot of hits, and his NFL days are numbered. Hernandez, had he kept his head on straight, could have been part of the best TE tandem in NFL history. Now, he is merely a footnote. The Pats will almost certainly be able to void that contract.

my understanding is they can try to get some of the guaranteed money back if he's convicted, but he gets the money once they released him

June 28, 2013  08:21 AM ET
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my understanding is they can try to get some of the guaranteed money back if he's convicted, but he gets the money once they released him

That seems to be the case.

The money is gone, but Hernandez himself will have no use for it. My tax dollars will keep him in orange jumpsuits. He's got a 7-month-old daughter who will probably end up with most of what the lawyers don't take.

June 28, 2013  08:26 AM ET
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That seems to be the case.The money is gone, but Hernandez himself will have no use for it. My tax dollars will keep him in orange jumpsuits. He's got a 7-month-old daughter who will probably end up with most of what the lawyers don't take.

Civil law suits will take the rest.

June 28, 2013  08:28 AM ET

I am guessing that Urban Meyer will not be giving any interviews about his days at Florida. He probably does not even remember the kid.

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June 28, 2013  08:29 AM ET

I also seriously doubt any ex team mates college or pro will come out and say " Yeah, he was a great guy, we were buds and hung out together all the time."

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June 28, 2013  08:41 AM ET
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They all should be ashamed of themselves. They could have stopped him, but didn't.

Seriously doubt it. Hernandez has been bad news for a long time. This behavior didnt just start.

June 28, 2013  08:41 AM ET
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I also seriously doubt any ex team mates college or pro will come out and say " Yeah, he was a great guy, we were buds and hung out together all the time."

True. Light saying this isn't exactly "prophetic" as the article suggests, however. It's not like he said it before the weekend of the murder. He's just sandbagging.

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June 28, 2013  09:12 AM ET

This is embarrassing for the Kraft family, who pride themselves on "doing the right thing"!
Wanna bet Bill B will be looking at character issues a bit closer these days?

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