Police have charged former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez with murder and five counts of gun-related charges in the death of former semi-pro football player, Odin Lloyd, whose body was discovered in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez’s home, according to ESPN.com.
The facts are blunt; there is enough evidence present to convict Hernandez twice. That said, I wouldn’t find it overly shocking if Hernandez walks scotch free after his yet-to-be-determined trial. Don’t get my wrong, I’m not saying Hernandez should get off with a slap on the wrist. Justice deserves to take its course. But this kind of thing isn’t new to the world of professional sports, nor society.
In 1994, O.J. Simpson walked after being charged with the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Lyle Goldman. In 1998, former St. Louis Rams defensive end Leonard Little killed a woman after an alcohol-related accident. Six years later, Little was arrested again for drunk driving. Little walked free. Two-time Super Bowl champion Ray Lewis was proven innocent of murder and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and testified against two co-defendants in 2000.
In a more popular and widespread case, Casey Anthony got off the hook after being charged with killing her own child in June 2011.
Rehashing the past, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Hernandez walk free, especially in today’s day and age. However, for now, it appears Hernandez, who has pleaded not guilty, is in a world of hurt.
Hernandez, who signed a long-term deal worth nearly $40 million last summer, was released by the Patriots early Wednesday morning.