By Pat O'Rourke
The player reaction to Aaron Hernandez has been scarce, yet very mixed. Retired Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light came out and said he didn’t believe in what the tight end stood for. Former Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch called Hernandez a great friend and good person.
But a recent report by Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald suggests that Hernandez was a lone wolf in the Pats locker room.
Players say that Hernandez didn’t spend time away from Foxboro with teammates, but rather with old friends from his native Bristol, Conn.
“Out of 53 guys, surely there’s someone you could find to hang out with,” one player told Howe. “Instead, he chose to revert to his network from his hometown.”
Players had an idea of the crowd he hung out with, but never had a true perception of who he really was or what he was involved in. Many players seemed to be in the same situation as fans -- the Aaron Hernandez they knew wasn’t the real Aaron Hernandez.
“No one hung out with him,” said a player. “No one.”