Rolling Stone writer: Teams could pursue Hernandez

Rolling Stone writer: Teams could pursue Hernandez
August 29, 2013, 11:30 am
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Despite all the news that has come out to construe Aaron Hernandez as a dangerous person with a drug problem and a history of violence, there are NFL teams that may give him a shot down the road if he's out of custody within the span of a few years.

That's what Rolling Stone writer Paul Solotaraff -- co-author Gangster in the Huddle -- told the Doug Gottlieb Show on CBS Radio Thursday morning.

"I think [the case] is not only beatable, [but] I think he will be back in the NFL within three or four years," Solotaraff said. "I think they've grossly overcharged him based on the case they're building -- no direct eye witness, no murder weapon [and] no plausible motive."

Hernandez faces a first-degree murder charge in the slaying of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd as well as multiple gun charges. Solotaraff believes that Hernandez could get prison time for the gun-related charges.

"His principle nemesis at this point is likely to be the five gun charges levied against him; I think they got him dead to right on most of those," Solotaroff said. "But as crazy as it sounds, this is a guy with no priors. So asking a judge to sentence Hernandez to consecutive prison bids -- rather than contemporary ones -- is going to be a very hard sell for the prosecution."

If released from behind bars in the matter of a few years, Solotaroff has heard that there will be multiple NFL teams still interested in giving Hernandez a roster spot.

 

"[If] in fact he winds up doing three years behind [bars for] those gun charges -- which would be a lot in this case -- he's 26, 27, with very low mileage on those legs of his and a lot of time to heal up. My sources tell me there will be more than one NFL team pursuing him hotly when he walks out of jail in four years."