Tebow tried to keep Hernandez from bar fight

Tebow tried to keep Hernandez from bar fight
July 2, 2013, 1:00 pm
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We got word yesterday that Tim Tebow had tried to encourage Aaron Hernandez to lead "a good life" while the two were teammates at the University of Florida, but we had no details as to how Tebow tried to keep Hernandez out of trouble.

Well, until now.

According to Gainesville, Fla. police records obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, Tebow tried to stop Hernandez from getting into a violent bar fight in 2007.

Hernandez was a 17-year-old freshman tight end at the time when he punched a bouncer in the head and caused him a broken eardrum. When a police officer couldn't locate Hernandez at the scene around 1 a.m., he interviewed Tebow.

The police report says a waitress at The Swamp bought Hernandez two drinks, which he refused to pay for. That's when the altercation began. 

After yelling at Hernandez, the bouncer turned to walk away, and Hernandez punched him in the side of the head.

“Tebow stated that he witnessed the dispute,” the officer wrote. " . . . Tebow stated that he went over to try to help resolve the conflict.”

Tebow told police that he urged Hernandez to leave without incident. He also "tried to make arrangements to pay the bill," the Sentinel wrote.

A couple hours later, a different officer found Hernandez and spoke to him as well as Tebow. At that time, Hernandez didn't seem drunk and was "very polite and professional," the officer wrote.

Officers made it known the following day that they would not be pursuing charges for a minor being served alcohol at The Swamp, but "it would be noted in the report so the coaches could handle it internally."

The Sentinel wrote that Gainesville Poilce recommended Hernandez be charged with a felony, but it's not clear how the case was resolved "because all of Hernandez's other juvenile records are sealed."