The New England Patriots captain, Devin McCourty, had some thoughts about the Netflix documentary series about Aaron Hernandez.
There has been way too much talk over the new Netflix series “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez.” Not to mention there’s a lot of background information that’s left out.
It’s been eight years since Aaron Hernandez was last on the football field playing with the New England Patriots in a Super Bowl. Not long after, he was released from the team after being charged with a double murder.
There has been many mixed and perceived stigmas that have followed Aaron Hernandez ever since he was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round back in 2010. From his life in Connecticut to his life in Florida, Aaron Hernandez changed a lot by the time he returned back to the area as a Patriot.
New England would master the beauty of a dynamic two tight end formation by allowing two very different rookies to line up at the positions: Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. One who was full of joy and high on life (Gronkowski), while the other was hiding behind the helmet of who he truly was and carrying around years of baggage along with him (Hernandez).
It didn’t take long for Hernandez to sweep all of Patriots Nation off their feet with his immediate production and impressive versatility. It’s for that reason alone that everyone was blinded by who he would have potentially been off the field.
And by everyone, that does include Urban Meyer and the University of Florida.
The Netflix series failed to address how everyone in Aaron’s life only enabled him after his father died. Aaron needed guidance, and given the relationship he had with his mother, he was never going to get it by staying home in Connecticut. So he made the decision to try and leave everything in the past and move on to Florida.
Hernandez didn’t necessarily stay on the straight and narrow when he was in Florida. Although Meyer kept him from getting arrested after a bar fight – one that ended with Hernandez rupturing an employee’s ear drum – who really knows what else he’s helped Hernandez get away with.
For what it’s worth, and regardless of the relationship between the two coaches, it doesn’t appear that Meyer really told Bill Belichick the full truths behind Hernandez’s time with him at the University of Florida.
Some people think because Aaron had sleeves of tattoos he was a “thug” or “gangster,” and the New England Patriots should have seen this coming. But people forget that there is no “judging a book by its cover” in professional sports.
Athletes come together from all sorts of different backgrounds, that’s the great aspect behind sports. So the fact that Aaron had sleeves of tattoos doesn’t really justify him being an alleged murderer when the team drafted him.
Even though it’s been eight years since Hernandez was cut from the team, you still won’t get many responses from most of the New England Patriots about Aaron Hernandez.
But that changed recently when team captain Devin McCourty couldn’t keep quiet anymore – and frankly, suddenly sounded pretty annoyed. He gets into it on an episode of his podcast “Double Coverage with the McCourty Twins”:
"“I hope this puts the whole thing to bed. It’s a very sad story. Within the story, multiple lives lost, kids growing up without fathers, mothers losing – it’s just a very tough story. So hopefully, this is like, ‘All right, let’s all let this go. Let’s let it be whatever it is, and let’s all move on. Let’s stop digging into this.’”"
The Netflix documentary is also designed to portray Aaron almost like he’s completely innocent with no regard or consideration to Odin Lloyd’s name or his family.
When it’s all said and done, there’s no coming back from a murder, let alone two. Hernandez betrayed his family, his friends, and his teammates.
But this Netflix documentary series, “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez,” is by far the worst one of them all.
The series would also try to bridge the gap between football players, CTE, and the effect it has on a person. It was confirmed by the head of Boston University’s CTE center, Ann McKee, that Hernandez suffered the most severe case of CTE for a person his age. She would even go on to say that “Hernandez’s brain is one of the most significant to our work.”
Devin McCourty didn’t like this part of the show either.
"“This, to me, was just like, ‘We want you to walk away and think that he was homosexual and he had CTE, and that’s why all of this happened.’ And to me, when I watch a documentary, I want to watch and then manifest and think of stuff on my own. I just felt like it was directly at that the whole time.”"
If you want to get a better grasp of everything that was Aaron Hernandez, I suggest listening to a podcast made by Wondery and the Boston Globe called “Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football.” This podcast gets way deeper and more in depth than the Netflix documentary in my humble opinion.