Earlier today Aaron Hernandez was acquitted for the 2012 murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. As soon as the news came out, comments came in droves, pondering if he will return to the NFL and which teams would be interested in him. There is only one problem – he is already serving a life sentence for murdering Odin Lloyd without the possibility of parole.
Hernandez is currently appealing his conviction for the murder of Lloyd, but today’s acquittal has nothing to do with the appeal. The reason is simple, the 2012 double murder was not admitted as evidence to the case. Hernandez was convicted much in part to the fact that his DNA was found at the crime scene and that Hernandez himself admitted to being present during the murder, though he downplayed his role.
Even if by some miracle, Hernandez wins his appeal, everyone seems to be forgetting that while Hernandez was acquitted for the murders, he was found guilty for an unlawful possession of a gun charge, which will add four to five years to his life sentence. By the time Hernandez would be out of jail, he would already be in his thirties and out of football for a decade. NFL players who miss a year face a long shot from returning, let alone someone who missed a decade regardless of a player’s talent level. Not to mention the massive public relations hit any team would take for signing Hernandez. No matter what happens, Hernandez will never play another down in the NFL.
Certainly, some of the comments are sarcastic, but given how many people have questioned his return, there is definitely a belief that he will come back.