Jun 26, 2013; North Attleborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots former tight end Aaron Hernandez (left) stands with his attorney Michael Fee as he is arraigned in Attleboro District Court. Hernandez is charged with first degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd. Mandatory Credit: The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

How to Solve the Aaron Hernadez Problems Around the League

Aaron Hernandez has become quite the enigma for those Sainted Patriots to deal with hasn’t he? For all of the time we have been spent gaining our reputation as “the circus”, you have this. Isn’t it fun to close your eyes, and imagine the hoodie getting angrier and angrier? Smoking coming out of the man’s ears? I don’t know about you, but for me, the image is like milk, it does a body good.

But, Hernandez is far from the only problem this league has ever seen. Pacman Jones comes to mind. Plaxico Burress is another prime example of a player that doesn’t use his head. You have guys with the significant prison time of Mike Vick, to the guys that have caused trouble on a smaller scale, such as Braylon Edwards and his driving. Then we have the report about Mark’s partying,

So, this is a constant problem. The question is, what can be done? The Rookie Symposium just ended, and the league does a good job at teaching the players what needs to be done. They get some great insights from great NFL professionals, but the problems still persist. They warn about the potential, but just like the game itself, you cannot understand what needs to be done with how you behave, until you are in the situation.

The key, is keeping a staff that does more than that. You would hate to thing that this is necessary, but in this day and age. Bring on a staff that is there for the sole purpose of watching behavior. The guy could be “protecting the team’s investment”, if you need a formal job description, but his role is to intervene as someone goes around harassing or just generally bringing your player into bad behavior. The staff acts as a liaison, protecting both the team and the player.

It seems that this is something you shouldn’t need, I know that. Players should understand the gift they have been given with a shot in the NFL, but often times, they don’t. This group of staff that I propose would be a small expense, but the value would be huge.

That’s how you solve the problem, IMO

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  • matr dontelli iii

    Nfl players in general have been enabled their entire lives. They tend to get away with things the average person would have to answer for. Some of them grow up before landing in big trouble, others, like jumbo Elliot get in trouble for beating someone up while still others, hernandez and espn-employee ray lewis play with guns and knives and find themselves in a really bad spot, losing clothing and trying to wash someone’s blood off their belongings. The problem, in my eyes, stems from the lifelong enabling. The solution, however, is beyond me. I don’t know how someone reaches their mid-twenties without knowing that you shouldn’t oughta be shooting people, especially for something as ridiculous as a friend talking to the wrong people at a club. It’s probably a good rule of thumb to leave the guns, knives and other possibly more advanced weaponry at home when you are likely to be drinking. On a related note, I don’t think mark’s penchant for offering his butt around nor Braylon’s one-time dwi are in the same class as these other crimes although Edwards little fight in Cleveland certainly is, despite the fact that it was a friend of lebron’s. I would be interested in knowing the IQs of some of these guys. That may be even closer to the heart of the problem than the enabling. Truth, justice and the American way!

    • TheJetPress

      They have been enabled forever, I totally agree. It’s terrible. They lose the value system that the rest of us have, and it’s sad.

      • matr dontelli iii

        And now this guy is sitting in the slammer (which, of course is where he belongs for what he did, presuming he’s guilty) looking at potentially spending the majority of his life in jail. What the hell was he thinking? 40 million dollar contract and a baby daughter…sheesh

  • Paul Newbold

    The NFL and its owners need to stop “babysitting” these guys! I don’t know about you, but before I sold my company, you’d have been fired for any of the above. My employees would not drive a company vehicular after being arrested for DUI, nor would they work for me after being involved in torturing dogs!! The list goes on! As an owner my job was to offer my clients the very best personnel My workers were the face of my company, their behavior reflected on myself and the company as a whole! IF the NFL is serious about its reputation, they wouldn’t tolerate their EMPLOYEES behaving this way! There are a ton of UDFA out there who will gladly play the game and behave within socially accepted parameters!! Fire the bunch of them!! Guys making millions should pay their own child support!! Just for the record!

    • TheJetPress

      1000% agree….the babying has gotten ridiculous and has to stop.