The nation is captivated about the events that are transpiring in the New England area of the United States. There is one fact that many media outlets haven’t conveyed, and that is the fact that New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick knew the whole story regarding Hernandez.
Many media outlets have been critical of Belichick and have written that he should have known that Hernandez was trouble. Well the fact is Belichick knew the whole story about Hernandez. The reason being, his close friendship with a Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer.
People are forgetting that prior to becoming the Buckeyes Head Coach, Meyers was the head coach for the Florida Gators from 2005-2010. So, Meyers was Hernandez’ coach for three years at Florida from 200-2009.
Why is this important?
It’s important because Meyers is a very good friend of Belichick. According to WEEI, former Patriots players recall that he was brought in to talk to the team a few times during offseason, workout sessions, and minicamps in 2007 and 2008. Also, during that five year stretch the Patriots drafted five Gators and signed four undrafted rookie free agents.
So, Belichick knew the whole story about Hernandez and knew he was trouble, especially with the fact that Hernandez’s home town is Bristol, Connecticut, which is a mere two hour ride from Boston, Massachusetts.
I know what some of you are saying, “how could Meyers and Belichick have known Hernandez was trouble with his alleged involvement in a 2007 Florida shooting?’
Well that would be true if that was the only incident, but it wasn’t. Hernandez was involved in another incident in 2007.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, police records show that Hernandez was involved in another incident in 2007 after refusing to pay for two alcoholic drinks. The records show that a bouncer for the Swamp Restaurant confronted Hernandez about not paying for the drinks after he consumed them. The only reason the incident didn’t escalate into an actual brawl, is the fact that fellow Gators teammate quarterback Tim Tebow happened to be there.
Tebow broke up the fight and urged Hernandez to leave peacefully and even started making arrangements to pay for the drinks. However, Hernandez that night displayed that he has a violent temper. He punched the bouncer on the side of the head and ruptured the bouncer’s ear drum, even though the bouncer turned to walk away.
Police were called immediately, but Hernandez was long gone. Instead, the officer interviewed Tebow and the waitress that brought Hernandez his drinks. The key part here is when another officer found Hernandez two hours later.
According to the report, Hernandez and Tebow, who happened to be with Hernandez at the interview two hours later, informed the officer that both of them called Meyers and informed him of the incident. Even though the bouncer refused to press charges, police recommended that Hernandez be charged with a felony, but the District Attorney declined for an unknown reason.
So, there you have it folks. Belichick knew the story about Hernandez. Belichick clearly ignored all the signs and is now paying the price for ignoring the violent past of one of his vaunted players.