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July 2, 2013

Hernandez has created public relations nightmare for NFL

Former Sooner Chase reacts to Hernandez murder arrest

NORMAN — It’s been a busy offseason for the NFL and not in a good way. Instead of talking about expansion and prosperity, it’s had to deal with off the field issues.

Since the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers in an exciting Super Bowl, 29 NFL players have been arrested. None more high profile or unbelievable than former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was charged with murder last week.

The 23-year-old Hernandez has not only been charged with the June 17 killing of his friend Odin Lloyd, but he is reportedly a suspect in two Boston homicides from earlier this year.

The news has been unsettling for many current and former NFL players.

“I’m sad and not stunned,” former Oklahoma and Ravens defensive tackle Martin Chase said. “Been following Aaron since his days at Florida. He has always been one foot in one foot out. This is where all pro athletes fail. They feel they can do there job and be a thug at the same time.”

If the charges and accusations about Hernandez prove true, the Patriots and the NFL won’t be able to brush the public relations nightmare under the rug.

“Anytime someone is accused of murder it is a surprise,” an NFL scout who asked to remain anonymous said. “You would think that after the well documented troubles he had in college that he would not put himself in this type of situation.

“It’s sad that the result of bad decisions cost a man his life. I didn’t scout Hernandez, but I remember character issues being discussed heavily. I never thought he would be accused of murder.”

This is not the first time a current NFL player has been charged with murder. In 2001, Rae Carruth (now Rae Lamar Wiggins) was found guilty of conspiring to murder the woman who was pregnant with his child. He was found guilty of conspiring to murder and is serving a sentence of at least 18 years. He is expected to be released in 2018.

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