Ray Lewis says the Patriots should have known about Aaron Hernandez

The NFL's murder expert says the Patriots should have known about Aaron Hernandez

9/9/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Feb 24, 2013; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; Baltimore Ravens former linebacker Ray Lewis poses with the Harley J. Earl Trophy at a press conference before the 2013 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY SportsIf there's anyone who would know a thing or two about accused murderers, it's certainly Ray Lewis.

You know, the guy who was once the prime suspect in an Atlanta murder, until all the evidence somehow disappeared.

Now, Lewis is saying that the Patriots should have known better when it came to Aaron Hernandez. It's interesting, considering the fact that the Hernandez case actually has a lot of similarities with Lewis' case, and the Ravens never even cut Lewis like the Patriots did to Hernandez.

But still, Lewis is rather outspoken about the issue anyway, despite receiving a second chance himself:
 
"I want to make sure we clear something up because we have to do this for our brand of the National Football League: Our numbers are very small when it comes to the pain and the crime that happens in everyday America, the numbers of athletes that get in trouble. New England had to know something, just like 31 other teams had to know something about Aaron Hernandez's background, and that's your red flag. Now, it's up to you to say, 'You know what, I'm still going to try that.'"

What Lewis fails to realize is that the Patriots (and everyone else) actually DID know that Hernandez's background was a bit spotty. That's why they took him in the 4th round, despite the fact that he was clearly a 1st round talent.

At the end of the day, regardless of your thoughts on taking risks with players who have character issues, there was really no indication whatsoever that Hernandez would actually kill someone. And despite the seemingly insurmountable amount of clues pointing at him, we don't really KNOW that Hernandez committed murder. It's actually quite likely that he won't be convicted.

The Patriots probably wish they could go back and do a few things over, particularly the lucrative contract extension that they offered Hernandez. But to say that they should have realized that he would be involved in a murder case... that's just a bit over the top.

But then again, Ray knows more about murder than most guys in and around football, so maybe he's right.
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