Earlier this week, Rolling Stone put out a long form feature delving into what happened with Aaron Hernandez, revealing that he was doing PCP, had threatened to beat up Wes Welker in his first week with the Patriots and was starting to wear on the team with his antics, even though Bill Belichick could have put a stop to them earlier if the coach didn’t swap out the Patriots locally connected security fixers with his own people who wouldn’t let him know if anything was going on.
But anyway, enough with the past. What about the future of Aaron Hernandez? Rolling Stones contributing editor Paul Solotaroff went on The Doug Gottlieb Show to explain how he thinks Hernandez has been overcharged by prosecutors, which is less interesting than the report that a few NFL teams have already expressed interest in bringing on Hernandez in four years if he’s only convicted on a lesser gun charge.
“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.”
I like that teams were really hesitant about bringing back Michael Vick when he got out of prison, but some are apparently already chomping at the bit to sign a guy who might have been using angel dust and killing people. The tight end position is just that important.