Hernandez shown with gun in 2009 photo

Hernandez shown with gun in 2009 photo
June 26, 2013, 7:30 pm
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(TMZSports.com)

When you talk about the indefatigable vetting process every NFL prospect goes through before the draft, you imagine there’s little team officials might miss.
 
So this photo of Aaron Hernandez holding a handgun seems surprising to me.
 
Unless it was seen and ignored. Or explained away as the youthful exuberance of a 19-year-old college student. And for those of us who lived in dorms, who HASN’T walked in the bathroom to see a floormate posing with his pistol.
 
One other sidenote to this, the photo was taken – allegedly – in 2009. Hernandez was drafted in April 2010. So his misjudgments just prior to being selected by the Patriots weren’t isolated to smoking weed.
 
A picture of someone holding a gun isn’t necessarily a predictor that, within four years, that guy will be arrested for murder. But it seems a pretty good indicator that he’s not awesome.