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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said it is "wrong and irresponsible" to connect him or his former Florida staff to the murder charge facing Aaron Hernandez.
In texts to The Columbus Dispatch and The Gainesville Sun on Saturday, Meyer said there was no cover-up of drug tests during Hernandez's time at Florida. Meyer coached Florida from 2005 to 2010.
These were Meyer's first comments about Hernandez after he declined to comment earlier this week.
The coach said in the texts he "received an email from a friend where there is an accusation of multiple failed drug tests covered up" by the university or the coaching staff. Meyer said that is "absolutely not true" and Hernandez was "held to the same drug testing policy as every other player."
Hernandez played three years under Meyer at Florida. The former New England Patriot is charged in the shooting death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. He has pleaded not guilty.
"Prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim," Meyer texted. "Relating or blaming these serious charges to the University of Florida, myself or our staff is wrong and irresponsible."
During Meyer's time with the Gators, Florida had at least 31 arrests involving 25 players. Many involved alcohol possession and disorderly conduct, but a dozen involved initial charges of felonies or violent misdemeanors.
Hernandez was never arrested during his three seasons with the Gators. He was, however, suspended for the 2008 season opener and later acknowledged the suspension was punishment for testing positive for marijuana.
In other Hernandez developments Saturday:
--Hundreds of Patriots fans traded in their No. 81 Hernandez jerseys. The team is allowing fans to swap jerseys with the tight end's number for a different one this weekend. The Patriots released Hernandez shortly after his June 26 arrest.
--A man charged as an accessory in the murder case is to be arraigned Monday in Attleboro, Mass. Ernest Wallace, of Miramar, Fla., was turned over on Friday to Massachusetts officials.
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A.B. A letter Aaron Hernandez wrote to New England Patriots personnel director Nick Caserio was published on Boston.com today.
My favorite part is, “I have set very high goals for myself in the NFL and am focused 100% on achieving those goals.”
Hindsight truly is 20/20. Here is the letter in full:
Dear Mr. Caserio,
I am writing in regards to some of the feedback I am receiving...
Let's go ahead and charge Urban Meyer with accessory to murder, before the fact.
That's a thing, right? If not, it needs to be. The case against Meyer is as follows: New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez allegedly has murdered God only knows how many people.
He went to Florida.
Meyer coached him at Florida.
Meyer's fingerprints therefore are all over this...
Hundreds of one-time fans are trading in their Aaron Hernandez jerseys.
The New England Patriots are letting fans trade in their No. 81 jerseys for a different one on Saturday and Sunday.
The ex-Patriots tight end has been charged with the murder in the death of 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. He has pleaded not guilty.
The Patriots released Hernandez shortly...
Aaron Hernandez has not yet been convicted of any crime, but that hasn’t stopped endorsers and other companies from cutting ties with him. The latest to scrub Hernandez from existence is video game juggernaut EA Sports. On Monday, an EA Sports spokesperson told CBSSports.com that the former New England Patriots tight end is being removed [...]
Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – We have heard multiple media outlets commenting in regards to formerNew England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez’ involvement in the case of the death of27-year-old Odin LIoyd. Now, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is speaking out. For the first time, he shared his thoughts on this matter to the media Monday afternoon according to...
Patriots fans are waiting on line to exchange their Aaron Hernandez jerseys at the Patriots Pro Shop today.
Wesley Lowery of the Boston Globe posted the photos above.
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For Patriots’ fans, the jury is in on Aaron Hernandez. From the looks of the photos posted by Boston College sport…
The New England Patriots did their fans a solid by offering them an opportunity to exchange their Aaron Hernandez jerseys for another Patriots player’s jersey this weekend. The program was announced last week, and it is a two-day program available to fans on Saturday and Sunday. It has been popular thus far. The Patriots said [...]
The New England Patriots announced that almost 1,200 Aaron Hernandez were exchanged today., according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Patriots announced that almost 1,200 Aaron Hernandez jerseys have been exchanged at their pro shop today as of about 5 pm.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 6, 2013
You can see some photos and videos from today’s jersey exchange right here.
The New England Patriots and their fans, aren’t wasting anytime in expunging anything that reminds them of Aaron Hernandez.
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