Bart Scott: Aaron Hernandez was taunted about being a killer

Trash talk is a big part of the NFL.

In the case of Aaron Hernandez, the chilling words spewed towards him turned out to be all too true.

On “The Afternoon Drive with Carlin, Bart and Maggie” Friday, former Jets linebacker Bart Scott explained how players would try to get Hernandez off his game.

“We used to always mess with Hernandez when we were on the field and say, ‘Hey man I heard they found the body,'” Scott revealed. “And we thought it was a joke because we knew something had happened in Florida.”

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College years: 2007-2010

After an impressive high school football career, Hernandez was recruited to the University of Florida, where he would become one the Gators' star players on the football team while also he playing alongside Tim Tebow.

During this time, however, Hernandez was rumored to have several run-ins with the law, including use of marijuana, fighting in bars, and would later become a person of interest in shooting case in 2007.

2010-2011

Hernandez was drafted by the New England Patriots and became the youngest player in the league in 2010.

The following year he would make his first Super Bowl appearance in 2011.

2012

Police were called to his home in Hermosa Beach after reports of domestic abuse and an alleged fight between him and his girlfriend, Shayanna Jenkins.

No arrests were reported.

2013

Hernandez was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player, in June. He would immediately be cut by the Patriots and indicted by a grand jury in August of 2013.

2014

While behind bars, Hernandez faced accusations of threatening to kill a jail guard.

He would later receive a write up over the incident. 

2015

Hernandez was convicted in the murder of Odin Lloyd in April, and was later reported to have been found with a shank while in prison.

2017

Hernandez was acquitted of the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in April

He committed suicide by hanging himself in his prison cell on April 19, 2017.

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During his college football days at the University of Florida, police questioned Hernandez about his alleged role in a double homicide.

Scott believes that a large factor of Hernandez’s downfall was getting drafted by the Patriots.

A Connecticut native, Hernandez had gang connections growing up. Moving back to New England to play in the NFL made it that much harder to avoid his past.

“Worst thing to ever happen to Hernandez was the fact that he got picked by a team where he was from. Because the hardest thing to do when you’re an athlete is to separate from where you come from,” Scott said. “We knew that he was in a gang, which a lot of players are in gangs, a lot of us grow up in gangs and what happens is it’s hard to remove yourself from them, but we’re removed by distance.”

In 2015, Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing Odin Lloyd and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Hernandez killed himself two years later in his prison cell.

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