It's been a sad day for ex-Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, but at least something could be gained from his failures.
The 23-year-old was charged with first-degree murder — and five other gun-related charges — Wednesday in the death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player and acquaintance of Hernandez.
A judge ordered Hernandez to be held without bail and the budding young star now potentially faces serious prison time.
The escalation of this case came at a time when the NFL was in the midst of its Rookie Symposium, an event that is essentially a series of seminars where rookie NFL players are advised to avoid troubles that can plague and possibly destroy a player's career.
Many rookies spoke to the media about their experiences at the symposium, but according to Fox's Alex Marvez, the Patriots did not make their rookies available to comment on the Hernandez case.
Marvez also noted that Hernandez's problems were not the subject of any one seminar, but ideas linked to his situation came up frequently.
As Marvez iterates, players were privy to "the potential consequences of hanging with the wrong crowd and taking the benefits that come with being in the NFL for granted" and Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones noted that "all the guys [were] saying, 'That can't happen to me.' "
It would be naive to believe that all players from this symposium will be scared out of any sort of troublesome ways in their career, but it does make them aware.
With all the bad that this Hernandez case brought to light, this little bit of good is refreshing.