Oh no, this isn't about Aaron Hernandez and the media's love for a criminal circus right now. The media, at this moment, has a case so bizarre that it isn't a CSI because it is too obvious who did it. It is like an old Law and Order episode where they make the arrest at the 10 minute mark, but then there's an oddball twist at the 30 minute mark that sends the case in a new direction. Hernandez's possible involvement with a double murder from a year ago is the twist. A definite question needs to be asked how a lot of criminal things happened with Hernandez, and the media didn't shine a light on them.
Hernandez making it to the NFL is due to a great combination of size and speed. He's a fast pass catching tight end. Maybe he had gang associations in high school (in Bristol, CT, wow), but that didn't stop him from being the number two overall ranked tight end recruit nationally his senior year. How many failed drug tests while at Florida? mom divorced dad for knifing her, but Aaron liked shooting. He was questioned for a shooting while at Florida. Not to be confused with the accusation that Hernandez shot a drug dealer in Florida, which caused him to lose an eye in February of '13. The cops had to be called in a disturbance involving Hernandez and Jets fans in May. After a while, wouldn't some reporter connect the dots? Someone put together a timeline of Hernandez violence, well after the most recent homicide. At what point was any media member going to ask Hernandez about any of these instances? What reporter was going to see the name in the police blotter and shine a light on it? Using an arrest as a shakedown for a sappy profile is a common thing, why not for Aaron?
This is another example of access journalism. It seems odd to me that ESPN's Grantland, which covers pop culture and sports so far has had an article on the football ramifications of the Pats letting Hernandez go and then an anti-gun article by Charles Pierce. This could use fresh, younger eyes, and Grantland is shying away. Got to protect the shield (the NFL). Go too hard on a guy, and teams, players or agents can cut you off. Got to protect your valuable access to a guy, and not just a guy, but to his agent's stable of guys. It is a cliché that sports can get guys out of the hoods. That isn't true anymore. Somehow it seems that the hood follows a guy, and it's not the hood's fault. The player may relish in his image now of a thug who made it. How many "Scarface" posters were shown in athletes' homes on "Cribs"? Making it is not the old Magic Johnson role anymore, but more the Iverson role of balancing keeping it real with mega-millions. I would blame money partially as the players have become worth more to teams and leagues, they get pampered more. The entire sports machine that coddles and hypes the elite athletes deserves blame, because it's not like Ben Roethlisberger started his bathroom attack act as a 30 year old.
There is another part of the problem here which will go unreported. The earlier arrests are commonplace in sports due to modern athletes. Aaron Hernandez is Hispanic, but considering the decline of all groups, the decline in genetic (non-physical), cultural and even societal make up is evident between Magic Johnson (two parent home) to Iverson (teen single mom). Sports are a way up and out from a rough environment, but how many athletes seek a Scarface empire rather than a Magic empire? Their role models or aspirations have changed. Athletes have always been a bit rotten, but the growth and success of sports seems to have created growth in mischief even as leagues crackdown on it. Hernandez signed a huge contract at age 22 worth eight figures. He couldn't put the street life persona away. This contract was after many of the negative items linked above, so he had a 2nd or 3rd or 4th chance. The media never questioned anything because the Patriot way. The media also likes having a fresh faced kid to show flashing a smile, just having fun.