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.”
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.