Hernandez is the Patriots tight end who various news reports have been insisting for days is going to be arrested any moment now, seriously, on charges of obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation. ABC News reported that the arrest warrant was issued after Hernandez destroyed the security system at his home and also his mobile phone.
One less-important-but-relevant fact could actually help other players avoid mischief and mayhem in the six-week lull between the end of the offseason program and the opening of training camp. With the Hernandez incident occurring at the tail end of the first weekend of the post-OTA break (for all but a few teams), all other NFL players have received a vicarious reminder of how quickly it can all change.
A single bad decision made in an instant can wreck everything they’ve worked so hard to achieve. Career gone. Money gone. Freedom gone. Stigma permanently attached.
Regardless of what happens with Hernandez, the events of the last five days should give others players inclined to dance of (sic) the line of legal conduct the cold spray of water that could help them get through the next month or so without finding trouble.
Last year, 15 player arrests occurred in June and July. Even though an arrest can ultimately be meaningless if charges are dropped or reduced dramatically, it’s the arrest that creates bad P.R. for the player, the team, and the league — and it’s the arrest that players ultimately should strive to avoid.
This year, two arrests have happened in June. Hernandez could end up being No. 3. Given the coverage and the gravity of the case, if the Hernandez investigation doesn’t persuade the rest of the league’s players to stay out of trouble until it’s time to go back to work, nothing will.
Tough to argue with this. All those guys thinking about covering up a murder over the next month certainly will think about what's happening to Hernandez. Sure, destroying evidence could decrease the chance that the player or someone he knows is convicted of murder but, as Florio right notes, it's just not worth the bad P.R.
Luckily, players will report to their training camps in a little more than a month. Then they won't have so much free time and there will be no worries at all about them covering up murders or indulging in other criminal impulses that totally aren't an issue once they got back to work.
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