Tim Tebow tried to help during Aaron Hernandezís 2007 fight in Gainesville
The latest also involves former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow, who was Hernandez’s teammate at the University of Florida for three years, and then again for a short while in NFL with the Patriots. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Tebow was a witness to Hernandez’s 2007 fight and tried to break it up after Hernandez allegedly punched a bouncer at a Gainesville bar.
Hernandez, who was a 17-year-old freshman at that time, got wrapped up in a an argument over an unpaid tab for two drinks, according to the incident report.
A waitress at The Swamp Restaurant in Gainesville, Fla., brought Hernandez two drinks, which he later refused to pay for. That’s when Hernandez got into a fight with the bouncer who confronted him regarding the unpaid bar tab. A fighting match ensued outside the bar and just as the bouncer, identified as Michael Taphorn, turned away Hernandez struck a blow to the side of his head. According to the incident report, Hernandez did not deny punching the bouncer.
When responding officers arrived at the scene of the altercation, Hernandez had already left. But Tebow, who was 19 at that time and was present at The Swamp, told the police that he tried resolve the situation and had urged Hernandez to leave peacefully while he made arrangement to pay the bill.
“Tebow stated that he witnessed the dispute,” the officer wrote in the initial incident report. "Tebow stated that he went over to try to help resolve the conflict."
Although the bouncer refused immediate medical treatment at that point, he later required treatment for a burst ear drum stemming from that fight.
A few hours after the incident, another officer located Hernandez and talked with him about the fight while Tebow was also present. But both told the police that they had already informed then Gators coach Urban Myer about the incident. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the officer noted in his report that Hernandez appeared sober and was “very polite and professional,” throughout the whole exchange.
Although Gainesville police recommended that Hernandez be charged with a felony in connection to the altercation with the bouncer, a case was never filed against him in court. It is still not clear how the incident was resolved since the Hernandez's juvenile records are sealed. As for the underage drinking, Hernandez’s attorney was reportedly informed by the investigating officers that those charges would not be pursued, but they were being mentioned in the report so that Florida coaches “could handle it internally.”
The 23-year-old Hernandez is currently being held without bond at a Boston jail in connection to the execution-style shooting of 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Hernandez is also being investigated in connection with a July 2012 double homicide in Boston.