Over the last few weeks, Aaron Hernandez has become a household name for all the wrong reasons. With the murder charges levied against him, it’s no surprise that the NFL has decided to stop selling his jersey. The Patriots are honoring their fans by offering free exchanges on Hernandez jerseys. Surprisingly, though, the jerseys and other pieces of Hernandez memorabilia are selling for quite a bit on Ebay.
The Boston Globe first reported that jerseys on the buying and selling website were going for top dollar, interviewing a man who actually turned a profit when he thought he might be able to get $15 for his jersey.
According to the Globe:
“I thought about giving it to Goodwill,” he said, “but I didn’t think anybody would want it.”
So instead, he put it on eBay, the online auction site. “I thought I might get $15 for it,” he said.
On Sunday, it sold for $289.
This is just one of quite a few stories the Globe covered of people putting their jerseys up for online auction and being surprised at the feedback and the sheer amount of bids they’ve gotten. Here’s another from ProFootballTalk.com
Lynn L’Heureux, who paid $100 for a Hernandez jersey, has seen the bidding reach $127 so far.
“I can’t think of any reason why people would want it,” L’Heureux said. “They might think it will go up in value later on, and maybe it will, but I’m not interested. I just don’t want it in my possession. I want to use the money to buy a jersey that reflects my pride in the Patriots.”
The Patriots cut Hernandez last Wednesday after he was arrested and charged with the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. They cleared their team stores of any trace of the shamed tight end and basically washed their hands of the entire situation. Despite New England’s attempts to distance themselves from Hernandez, he will ALWAYS be referred to as “former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez” and there’s no amount of jersey burning the team can do about that.
As time has passed since his arrest and murder charge, Hernandez’s infamy has risen to ridiculous levels. And now the NFL has some cleaning up to do.
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