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Aaron Hernandez in Gators, Patriots 2014 calendars



BY JASON DEAREN
ASSOCIATED PRESS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Ex-Florida and New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez, jailed while awaiting trial in the killings of three men, is Mr. July in the Gators' 2014 sports calendar and is featured in a Patriots calendar produced by the same company.

The University of Florida said Tuesday that officials approved the publication months before he was charged with murder, and the Patriots said they would not comment on matters involving Hernandez.

The calendars are still available for sale through Target.com and feature tight end No. 81 in the Gators' white jersey and blue pants with an orange stripe carrying the football under his right arm and almost looking into the camera. It includes his height, weight and hometown of Bristol, Connecticut.

In the Patriots calendar, Hernandez is seen holding the ball in red-gloved hands and wearing a dark blue jersey, silver pants and high socks. It's hard to tell from the Target ad in which month he is featured. It has the NFL and NFL Players Association logos on the back.

Hernandez started 29 games for the Gators between 2007-2009, catching 111 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns, according to the team's website. He later went on to star for the Patriots, with 175 catches for nearly 2,000 yards and 18 TDs from 2010-2012.

After the 2012 season, on June 26, 2013, Hernandez was arrested in the slaying of Odin Lloyd, whose body was found in an industrial park about a half-mile from Hernandez's mansion in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. Hernandez faces a murder trial starting Oct. 6. Others also face charges in the case.

Officials approved the calendar last spring, months before the arrest, said Florida spokesman Daniel Apple. The calendars' maker, Turner Licensing, a division of Perfect Timing Inc., did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Since then, the 24-year-old Hernandez has also been indicted on two counts of first-degree murder in the drive-by shooting of two other men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado and faces trial next year. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, and is in jail in Massachusetts.

Apple said the calendar was not produced by the university, but a third party. Since it's already been printed and distributed for sale, there's not much the school can do, Apple said.

"There are thousands of Gator products in the pipeline for approval at any given time and it's not common practice to re-review them once they have already been approved. We have since notified the licensee that it is no longer approved," he said.

He added that the school just became aware of the situation on Monday.

Apple says the school advised the calendar's maker that Florida no longer approves of the product, but that those already printed will not be recalled.

The calendar was first reported on Deadspin.com, and the official Florida Gators football Twitter feed responded, also saying the calendar was approved before Hernandez's legal troubles were widely known.

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cbarada July 02 2014 at 8:51 AM

UF..way to go..gives us another reason to be so proud of Flori-duh!

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MICHELLE cbarada July 02 2014 at 11:03 AM

Try reading the article: The calendars were approved BEFORE Hernandez was arrested and charged. People who make rash statements like yours are the reason for the "Flori-duh" image.

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cbarada MICHELLE July 02 2014 at 11:34 AM

In the 5 years since Hernandez played for UF, UF couldn't find another football star for the 2014 calendar? Pathetic and Floriduh indeed.

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Tommy July 02 2014 at 7:57 AM

Well, perhaps the calendars accurately reflect the state of pro and college athletics in this day and time. Think about it.

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johnb5137 Tommy July 02 2014 at 10:22 AM

You couldn't be anymore right about that. If your talented enough they have a way of turning their heads when it comes to someone who has a lot of issues in their lives. Unfortunately its the kid who pays the price. Not the Universities.

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Dan Lawrence July 02 2014 at 8:26 AM

Any people want to know why we have crime? Companies high light these idiots. You just had a felon given a modeling contract because of his looks. What image is this for the younger generation?

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MICHELLE Dan Lawrence July 02 2014 at 11:00 AM

Really? Did you not read the part where these calendars were approved for publication last spring, BEFORE Hernandez was arrested?

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realdealnyc Dan Lawrence July 02 2014 at 11:11 PM

And they couldn't remove him from the calendars .....why?

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exitscreaming July 02 2014 at 12:23 PM

I think it's outrageous that these teams continue to celebrate him and bailing him out of jail so he could do a photo shoot is ridiculous

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ram4131 July 02 2014 at 11:21 AM

I don't get why he would be in that calendar because he left that school over 4 years ago.

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mo524 ram4131 July 02 2014 at 7:55 PM

He was in the NFL so they wanted to show him off and then he killed some people so I am sure they regret that choice.

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johnb5137 July 02 2014 at 10:16 AM

Well when you have a company that could care less about what it prints out, this is what you get. Amazing that a University of over 40,000 students and a graphic design department couldn't find a few students to put the calendar together.

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Bob July 02 2014 at 9:08 AM

Put Hernandez on trial. What's the holdup?

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johnb5137 Bob July 02 2014 at 10:19 AM

They have so much evidence in so many different shootings he's done they want to make sure he doesn't get off on any charges. His lawyer is known to get murders off. He's one of the best in Boston so the prosecution is covering every little detail.

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r1234598760 July 01 2014 at 10:26 PM

why is he in the calanders and not in jail

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tallstranger1963 r1234598760 July 01 2014 at 10:57 PM

He is in jail on 3 murder charges. Wake up and watch the news.

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ch3n02junkie r1234598760 July 01 2014 at 11:45 PM

really? are you kidding? perhaps you should get out more, or read a newspaper.

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Tommy July 02 2014 at 7:59 AM

I wonder how many extra calendars have since sold now that the "mistake" is out...

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MICHELLE Tommy July 02 2014 at 10:59 AM

Hopefully all of them so that come December they will be nothing more than trash/recycling fodder instead of becoming a collectible.

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Brian Hope July 01 2014 at 11:50 PM

Wonder if Southern Cal ever made a similar error involving O.J.?

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Tommy Brian Hope July 02 2014 at 7:59 AM

People were more intelligent back then. They had better things to do with their money, like paying for electricity and food. Not to waste it on the media hype we have in today's society, or the prospect of future earnings from memorabalia.

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Ed Brian Hope July 02 2014 at 10:18 AM

No!

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