Aaron Hernandez Dead

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They found the guy hanging in his cell early this morning. Not much else to say except at least we don't have to pay for him for life.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/04/19/aaron-hernandez-kills-himself-prison/Hkp9wdGcZImoMBomJLMNVJ/story.html?p1=BGHeader_SmartBar_Breaking

Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in prison Wednesday morning, the Department of Correction said.

According to a statement from the department, the former New England Patriots star was discovered hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., at approximately 3:05 a.m.

“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” the statement said. “Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”

State Police are investigating, and his family has been notified.

The statement said Hernandez was transported to UMass Memorial in Leominster, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. Wednesday.

Hernandez’s suicide comes five days after he was acquitted of murdering two men in Boston in 2012. However, he was still serving a life without parole sentence for murdering Odin L. Lloyd in North Attleborough in 2013.
 

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Shocking. I haven't really followed anything since they locked him up but this was the first thing I saw when I walked into work this morning. I guess I was just taken aback because he's the spitting image of my neighbor growing up...
 

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That's unfortunate. That guy had some serious demons. I guess he finally realized everything he gave up because he wanted to "be about that life".

Shocking. I haven't really followed anything since they locked him up but this was the first thing I saw when I walked into work this morning.
I'm guessing you don't go to ESPN very much. Seems like every other month they were running a story about him and his trial. I felt like it was a disproportionate amount of coverage for a guy who was less likely to play another down of football than I am.

If there's any silver lining here, it's that we won't be seeing any more stories about him after a week or so.
 

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I'm guessing you don't go to ESPN very much. Seems like every other month they were running a story about him and his trial. I felt like it was a disproportionate amount of coverage for a guy who was less likely to play another down of football than I am.
LOL, when I said it was the first thing I saw at work this morning it's because I work in ESPN. I just don't give two licks about sports or any of it's tangential stories so I haven't paid attention to this at all since he got locked up.

Thanks for the laugh though :p
 
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LOL, when I said it was the first thing I saw at work this morning it's because I work in ESPN. I just don't give two licks about sports or any of it's tangential stories so I haven't paid attention to this at all since he got locked up.

Thanks for the laugh though :p
Life truly is unfair. :D

Seriously though, that's pretty awesome! I can actually understand that, I'm guessing that's probably more common than most people think.
 

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Life truly is unfair. :D

Seriously though, that's pretty awesome! I can actually understand that, I'm guessing that's probably more common than most people think.
Pretty much the entire IT division here is pretty much the same way. BREAKING NEWS: The nerds don't care about sports!
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He got off but he was still sentenced to life in prison for the other killing. Good riddance.
Life in prison with no possibility of parole, which would explain a lot.
 
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Life in prison with no possibility of parole, which would explain a lot.
That's just what I was thinking. I'm not going to pretend to understand his state of mind but him killing himself isn't surprising.

Given what elite tight ends are paid today, he'd probably be earning $10 million a year on a five year contract. $50 million, at least half of which would have been guranteed. And he gave all of that away because he wanted to act like Scarface.

It said that he cried after his acquittal and blew a kiss to his daughter. Maybe when he got back to his cell it sunk in that nothing was going to change. He still wouldn't be there for any of his daughters life events. He was acquitted for murder but he was still a murderer.

I don't feel sorry for him but I can imagine the type of hell he had placed himself in.
 
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Which begs the question, why wait til after this latest verdict?
My guess is that it literally just dawned on him that this latest trial did not matter at all.

Win or lose, he's doing life without parole. Nothing he does or doesn't do now or in the future matters. Nihilism sets in and then comes the suicidal thoughts.

Just speculation, but that's my guess.
 
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Didn't he just get off on the other murder trial? Seems odd to kill himself now.

I believe this played a part in him committing suicide. I think the feeling of vindication he got from that trial was quickly evaporated when he realized he still had to spend the rest of his life in prison. I think it was at that time that it really hit him and he decided to hang himself.

Personally I feel no empathy for him, he had a big ego on and off the field and in fact decided to join a gang once he was in prison (bloods, tattoo on his neck). One less person we have to pay for in prison.
 
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I believe this played a part in him committing suicide. I think the feeling of vindication he got from that trial was quickly evaporated when he realized he still had to spend the rest of his life in prison. I think it was at that time that it really hit him and he decided to hang himself.

Personally I feel no empathy for him, he had a big ego on and off the field and in fact decided to join a gang once he was in prison (bloods, tattoo on his neck). One less person we have to pay for in prison.
The dude was in trouble in high school and then joined the thugs in college at Florida.

From what I gather his whole family was the same.
 

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Which begs the question, why wait til after this latest verdict?
Because that probably triggered it. The impossibility to change the situation, and nothing else to look forward to. He probably believed, in a twisted way, that being acquitted would've saved his honor or something so he could still look forward to something. Once that last hurdle was over, he had absolutely nothing except his cell.
 

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Kid had a troubled past spanning a decade plus. I remember his crimes being mentioned when he first got drafted. On a more amusing anecdote, I was reading into some old time candy the other day and apparently the 2013 murder was linked to a purchase of gum near the scene of the crime or something of that nature.
 

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Ironically, according to MA law (which is where he was tried), he is not innocent of all accused crimes. Even the murder he was found guilty of two years ago. Not just MA, a bunch of older states still have the common law principle of abatement ab initio.

Basically, the conviction isn't final until all rights of appeals have been exhausted. If you die for any reason before the conviction is final, there is no reason finish, so the case automatically reverts back to how it started. As in most cases, it reverts back to the person being innocent. For all legal intents and purposes, Aaron Hernandez is an innocent (dead) man.

Now we all know he's not actually innocent, but his legal status as innocent presents an interesting pickle. Should the families of his victims try to sue his estate for civil damages, they will not be able to use anything said or presented during his criminal case.
 

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Didn't he just get off on the other murder trial? Seems odd to kill himself now.
Which is why his agent and lawyer are claiming it is not a suicide.

In any case he wasted a life that could have been great, but he just couldn't leave his homies behind. While the Patriots, whether you hate them or not, are willing to take on head cases and have made a few of them straighten up, his living so close to where he grew up and his crowd was probably a mistake. He needed to be away from them.
 

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I saw his family is donating his brain to science. Of course injuries would not excuse his behavior but they could explain it. I would not be surprised if he had substantial injury found.