Tim Tebow and Tom Brady meet in the middle of the football field in 2011, after the New England Patriots hand a beating to the Denver Broncos.
A few pleasantries are exchanged, before the multi-championship winning quarterback tells the young prospect he’s trying to look after a few of his old Florida Gator teammates – Aaron Hernandez and Brandon Spikes.
Two years later, and with the tight end now behind bars charged with murder, some media outlets are claiming that the exchange was the pair voicing ‘concerns’ over the player.
“I'm trying to watch over Brandon and Aaron," said Brady.
"I appreciate that too, man. They are good guys," responded Tebow.
"They're a lot to handle," Brady added.
"Absolutely," Tebow concluded.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that these concerns, along with numerous ‘red flags’, should have alerted the Patriots to ‘baggage’ being carried by Hernandez.
In reality, it was off-the-cuff remarks made by two quarterbacks in the NFL. The fact that these players were Tebow and Brady – two of the game’s biggest names – just added to the likelihood of such a story gaining huge coverage.
But, as Greg Rosenthal points out on the official NFL website, ‘it is impossible to draw any meaningful takeaways from this short soundbite’.
Whilst Hernandez remains big news around the world, this story doesn’t have a leg to stand on.