When news broke of Aaron Hernandez's suicide, past and present NFL players took to Twitter to express their feelings. But, like the general public's reaction to Hernandez himself, not all the reaction was symaptheic to a lost life.
- Tom E. Curran: Sorry, but it's hard to feel sad about Aaron Hernandez
- Aaron Hernandez commits suicide in prison
- Key dates in Hernandez saga
- In death, Hernandez's murder conviction likely will be tossed
- Report: Hernandez had 'John 3:16' written on forehead
Some was. Such as that of former Steeler Ike Taylor:
And the Bills' Jerel Worthy:
Waking up to terrible news. If you have a chance to right your wrongs. Please jump at the opportunity turn over a new leaf and live!— Jerel Worthy (@I_AM_Worthy99) April 19, 2017
But there were other thoughts, too. Former NFL cornerback Antonio Cromartie hinted at the conspiracy theories that are flying around cyberspace . . .
I thought he was about to appeal his case. Wow🤔🤔🤔 https://t.co/XFm6DzGzC6— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) April 19, 2017
. . . which drew this response from ex-NFL punter Pat McAfee:
Or not https://t.co/npmyK2z9PV— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) April 19, 2017
And then there was the case of Ike Reese.
Reese, a former Eagle and current sports talk-show host on WIP Radio in Philadelphia, said in a Tweet that has since been deleted: "Aaron Hernandez, #HeGone!!!!" When he was called out for being insensitive, he got his back up:
@YOUNGMUFASA90 You can't be serious, go back to sleep!! I should have respect for a murderer?— Ike Reese (@Ike58Reese) April 19, 2017
@karpology Tell that to the family of the victims— Ike Reese (@Ike58Reese) April 19, 2017
But then he had second thoughts (or he realized that this probably wasn't the right path to go down). He deleted the Tweet and said:
Tweet has been deleted, completely insensitive on my behalf. Was caught up in my emotions for a moment there, no excuse, I apologize to ALL.— Ike Reese (@Ike58Reese) April 19, 2017
And, in the end, that's probably how a lot of people feel this morning: Hate the sin but, ultimately, have mercy on the sinner.