Ever since the murder charge was brought against Aaron Hernandez in the Odin Lloyd case, the floodgates of alleged criminality have opened for the former Patriots tight end. Police have tried to link Hernandez to a double murder that took place in Boston in 2012.
So far, no luck on that front. But the Wall Street Journal went to the trouble to track down the police report from an assault that occurred six years ago when Hernandez was still 17 years old.
On May 4, 2007, only months after Hernandez had enrolled at Florida, he showed up at a restaurant called The Swamp near Florida’s campus in Gainesville, Fla., a two-story bar and grill that features framed jerseys of former Florida stars.
According to the police report, here’s what took place: A waitress brought Hernandez two “alcoholic drinks.” After Hernandez finished the drinks, a restaurant employee named Michael Taphorn delivered a bill. Hernandez said he hadn’t ordered the drinks and refused to pay, at which point a “verbal altercation” began between the two men. Hernandez called a witness over to try to intervene, but a resolution couldn’t be reached. Hernandez was told to leave and escorted out by Taphorn.
After stepping outside, according to the report, Hernandez told police Taphorn “got in his face” and began yelling at him. As Taphorn turned to walk away, Hernandez punched him in the side of the head—a fact Hernandez did not dispute.
Taphorn complained of hearing loss in his ear but refused medical treatment on the scene, the report said. The next day, however, doctors discovered his right eardrum had burst, an injury he was told would take four to six weeks to heal, according to the police report.
Yeah, that has nothing to do with the ongoing investigation but it does suggest A PATTERN OF MURDER-FIRST GLORY BOY THUGGY THUG GANG BANGING that prosecutors will be eager to establish.
Brace yourselves, Aaron Hernandez will be linked to every crime ever before this thing gets to trial. Hey, people thought they were close to finding Jimmy Hoffa recently. Call me crazy, but I bet Hernandez knows something about that.