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New England Patriots knew Aaron Hernandez had issues, says former employee

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Aaron Hernandez is in prison, and will be for the rest of his life, after being found guilty of first degree murder.

The former New England Patriots tight end was convicted of the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player in Boston, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiance at the time of his killing. Lloyd's body was found with multiple gunshot wounds just a mile from Hernandez's house.

The Patriots knew what they were getting themselves in to however. Today it has emerged that New England were well aware that Aaron Hernandez had serious issues during his time at the University of Florida.

Serious Issues

Former Patriots adviser Jerry Reese appeared in an interview with Greg Bedard of The Monday Morning QuarterBack where he revealed that the Patriots knew all about Hernandez and the serious character issues he had.

"When he was at Florida, he had some issues there too, there were some things that went on," Reese told Bedard. We all knew about it. It was just from our standpoint, we were getting a first-round talent in the fourth round under a contract that was going to keep him in line or it wasn't going to cost us a penny."

Failed Drug Tests

Hernandez's coach at Florida, current Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick are apparently good friends and it seems that Meyer did his best to convince Belichick that Hernandez wasn't that bad even though there were reports that Hernandez may have had failed drug tests while at Florida.

"We knew he had some issues prior," Reese explained. "Urban Meyer and Bill (Belichick) were very, very close, and I think Urban convinced Bill that, you know, that these things weren't going to be an issue."

You've got to think that the Patriots knew Hernandez was little more than a ticking time bomb, but it seems that they were just happy to take the chance despite all those red flags. And teams will still do the same now. You only have to look at Dorial Green-Beckham - a wide receiver that was kicked out of Missouri for pushing a woman down some stairs - who is still expected to go in the first round.


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