Paul Solotaroff: ‘Aaron Hernandez Grossly Overcharged’
Aaron Hernandez will be back in the NFL in three or four years.
“I think (the case) is not only beatable, (but) I think he will be back in the NFL within three or four years,” Rolling Stones contributing editor Paul Solotaroff said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I think they’ve grossly overcharged him based on the case they’re building – no direct eye witness, no murder weapon (and) no plausible motive.”
Rolling Stone this week released a story, written by Solotaroff, that traces Hernandez’s path from troubled youth to troubled college player to troubled pro – all the way to a troubled man facing murder charges in the death of Odin Lloyd.
“His principle nemesis at this point is likely to be the five gun charges levied against him; I think they got him dead to right on most of those,” Solotaroff said. “But as crazy as it sounds, this is a guy with no priors. So asking a judge to sentence Hernandez to consecutive prison bids – rather than contemporary ones – is going to be a very hard sell for the prosecution. And if in fact he winds up doing three years behind (bars for) those gun charges – which would be a lot in this case – he’s 26, 27, with very low mileage on those legs of his and a lot of time to heal up. My sources tell me there will be more than one NFL team pursuing him hotly when he walks out of jail in four years.”
Despite his athleticism and all of the promise and potential in the world, Hernandez had anything but an ideal upbringing. His mother, Terri, cheated on his father, Dennis, before his death following a routine surgery.
“Terri makes Olivia Soprano look like Glinda the good witch,” Solotaroff said. “Here’s a woman that was so reckless and so selfish that she took up with a well-known crack dealer (and) spouse abuser – who, by the way, was married to her niece – and was having an affair with this charmer named Jeffrey Cummings before Dennis died of a really dreadful medical mishap during minor elective surgery (for a hernia operation).
“He’s barely cold in the ground when this character, Jeffrey Cummings, has moved into the house that 16-year old Aaron shared with his mother.”
Hernandez’s problems persisted at the University of Florida, where he reportedly failed repeated drug tests – and where Urban Meyer reportedly covered them up.
“(Meyer) certainly knew that (Hernandez) had failed at least one – probably two – drug tests between the end of the ’07 season and the start of the ’08 season,” Solotaroff said. “Hernandez was suspended for game one.”
“Mighty Hawaii,” Solotaroff said sarcastically. “Meyer referred to that not as a drug suspension but as something much more (minor). He said, ‘Aaron isn’t ready to play.’”
Hernandez’s problems continued in New England, where, as a rookie, he reportedly almost attacked Wes Welker when Welker refused to tell him how to work the video machine, essentially saying, “Figure it out, rookie.”
“The problem is that there were never any consequences for Hernandez’s conduct,” Solotaroff said. “He did the one-game suspension against (a) nothing Hawaii team and clearly had done enough to merit at least a half-season suspension. Never got it. Never missed a snap after that one-game suspension.”
Now, Hernandez could face jail time, which, if guilty, he should receive.
Depending on how much time we’re talking about, however, Hernandez could be back in the NFL before you know it.