Friday, June 21, 2013

Warrant to be issued for Hernandez's arrest

By Jeff

The NBA Finals just finished up in dramatic fashion, three of four games in the Stanley Cup Finals have gone into overtime and the Pirates are an MLB playoff contender. Granter, two of those stories are much more compelling to most than the other, but all three are being overshadowed by New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

According to ABC News, a warrant will be issued for Hernandez's arrest for obstruction of justice in a murder investigation. Hernandez was seen with the victim, Odin Lloyd, hours before Lloyd was killed by a gunshot to the back of the head.

It does not look good for Hernandez if the new being reported is true. His home security system was allegedly destroyed, his cell phone was handed to over to the police in pieces and he had a cleaning crew come to his house on Monday.

Hernandez and his lawyers have made no comment.

The obvious questions are why would Hernandez, or someone else, destroy Hernandez's security system and cell phone? Does Hernandez have cleaners come to his house on a regular basis? The story on ESPN says the cleaning crew was "hired" Monday, but was this just a new cleaning crew, or was it the first time he hired house cleaners?

This story is not going away any time soon. On the sports front, what does this mean for the Patriots? One of the team's major strengths is most teams can't match up with their duel tight end attack led by Rob Gronkowski and Hernandez. Gronkowski has had four surgeries in the past year and is an injury risk, and Hernandez's situation could prevent him from playing. It might even lead to his release if owner Robert Kraft decides the investigation is a distraction to his team.

Clearly, this story provides a lot of questions and it's going to be a while before we get any answers. It's a shame that it will overshadow more uplifting and the kind of sports stories we want to hear, but that's just the nature of news today.

Look at the murder trials of Casey Anthony and Jody Arias. These were everyday people who became celebrities overnight with their own Lifetime movies. Imagine if Hernandez is charged and tried for murder. It would covered across all media and over-scrutinized to death. It might not get a Lifetime movie, but a "30-For-30"-like treatment wouldn't be a stretch.

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