Just Another Major Malfunction

When I woke up yesterday morning and heard that disgraced former football player Aaron Hernandez had killed himself in prison, I have to admit that I was surprised.

Not totally shocked, mind you. Unfortunately, we’ve gotten used to football players doing crazy things in their lives.

Does it add to the idea that these guys take too many shots to the head in their careers? Probably. But that, as they say in the Godfather movies, is the business they chose.

Researchers have made great strides in the past few years on the whole CTE/brain damage playing football issue. But I imagine this is something that’s going to take years to fully figure out. Until then, I see a few more “major malfunctions” as was the case with Mr. Hernandez. His suicide was a senseless waste of human life already wasted by committing murder, but at least the taxpayers won’t be further burdened paying for his room and board.

His life has come to a close.

OJ Redux?

So Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots was arrested yesterday for an alleged murder.  The Pats quickly cut ties to the tight end, releasing him from the ball club.

The evidence against him, from what I have seem, is pretty damning.

But just like every other citizen, the man deserves his day in court.

What happened is nothing new.  How many athletes have we seen over the years get drunk on their own power?  All that “mega money” only seems to lead to bigger troubles for those who can’t get their lives under control.  Mr. Hernandez, like so many before him, fell into that trap.