Jeff Benedict: Pros, cons and Aaron Hernandez

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  • liberate Sandy, UT
    June 30, 2013 4:47 p.m.

    This article is so lacking in analysis and full of conjecture it's hard to believe this guy is actually a journalist. Strip clubs a red flag for college and pro athletes? I'm sure the correlation between those two is so high that if you remove one you remove the other. Pot? Seriously? The drug of choice for the average hippie? You might as well attempt to remove all athletes who get drunk on a regular basis.

    I'm sure there are some true red flags that should cause teams to run the other way from certain athletes but having been close to pro athletes in the past strip clubs and pot are not two of them and just demonstrates how little this author either knows about this world or is willing to actually do some research. I'm not saying either one is good just that these two are so prevalent among the pro sports world they tell us absolutely nothing about an individual's character relative to others.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    June 29, 2013 11:42 p.m.

    It all starts in High School, if not earlier. There was a certain individual at a High School where I taught who got away with several major infractions. Why? "Because he had a chance to play Division I basketball!"

    Administrators and coaches thought they would be doing the kid a disservice if they cracked down on him too hard. So they tried to "work" with him, to "help" him have a "future".

    One guess as to whether or not that approach worked.

    Character means everything. If you don't have it, you aren't going anywhere. Like somebody prior to me said, he had it all. But his lack of character appears to have caused him to throw it all away.

  • I-am-I South Jordan, UT
    June 29, 2013 6:38 a.m.

    I feel like this article was misleading. I was expecting a legal break down of his situation as of the evidence right now. Instead I got and advertisement for this dudes writing. There were no pro's and con's. Just a silly statistical that made it look like a high percentages of football players are criminals. This statistic was also 15 years old. It's irrelevant. Very disappointed

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 29, 2013 6:38 a.m.

    Its not just the coaches that turn a blind eye to the situation... the fans, and worse, the boosters, who promote an environment where bad behavior is over looked if they are a good player. We have a slew of these types go through the system, no school is exempt. The Y just last year had a couple of players, thankfully, tossed from the team for their behavior at an all night diner.

    But we know this kind of machismo stuff goes on far too much. At UNC, the program was almost taken to its knees because of agents who tempted young men into situations they shouldn't have been in. They outcry from the boosters was not to purge the system of these bad players...but was to give them excuses...because of their contribution on the field... which somehow should give them extra consideration.

    Its win at all cost now days.... and tolerating bad people, in sports, business or politics, has become the price society is willing to pay - to win.

  • Clancy Buena Vista, VA
    June 28, 2013 12:26 p.m.

    Wow this is a great story.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    June 28, 2013 12:00 p.m.

    what a waste. Every time I look at Hernandez I am struck by the complete waste of a life. The kid had it all - great talent and a nearly 50 million dollar NFL contract and a beautiful family to boot. All ya got to do is be a decent normal citizen and you are set for life and you throw it all away because you just can't stop shooting people. What a waste. Now - think for a moment of the real victim here who is now dead. What about his family. Seems to me his family members should get some of Hernandez's money from the NFL.