As a part of the lead as much as its profile of former Florida TE Aaron Hernandez, Rolling Stone teased that Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, the coach of the Gators when Hernandez was at Florida, might have covered up failed drug assessments and a attainable assault and shooting.
Meyer is only straight mentioned when Hernandez’s suspension for the 2008 season opening sport is introduced up, an absence that Meyer later said was because of a failed drug take a look at.
From Rolling Stone:
As a sophomore, Hernandez was benched for the season opener, meaning he’d seemingly failed drug checks over the summer time. However Meyer denied it, saying he “wasn’t ready to play,” again giving cowl for unhealthy behavior. “Meyer saved us at such a distance,” says the reporter, “or flat-out lied, that we couldn’t verify a pot suspension.”
In the other two incidents detailed in the profile, a capturing that Hernandez was questioned about an incident with a waiter at a Gainesville restaurant, Meyer is not talked about in any doable cover up of both situation.
In July, after studies surfaced that in keeping with an unnamed NFL executive, Hernandez had failed a number of drug exams at the College of Florida, Meyer mentioned that Hernandez was held to the identical requirements as all Florida players. In a July interview with the Columbus Dispatch, Meyer answered a query in regards to the shooting.
A: I don’t keep in mind his identify in (the report). I bear in mind it was a couple of one-hour dialogue. Certainly one of my coaches got here in and mentioned, “Hey, they’re getting questioned for this.” … I said, “Effectively, what do I have to do?” And he said, “Nothing. They’re not concerned.” And that was it. They weren’t questioned for (doing) the capturing. They had been questioned as a witness.”
Former Florida tight ends coach and current Mississippi State assistant John Hevesy is quoted within the Rolling Stone article as saying “But there’s solely a lot you can do in three years.”
“Bristol had him for 17 earlier than he came to us. Ultimately, I guess, that trumped what we put in.”
However, did Florida put in sufficient? Whereas, as Dan Wetzel mentioned, it is unfair to place any direct duty on Meyer for Hernandez’s actions while at the University of Florida, wouldn’t it have made sense for Meyer to wonder why they had been witnesses to a shooting?(There’s loads of room within the article to deduce that Meyer did not do enough.)
Witnessing a shooting is a traumatic event, and regardless of the shortage of prices within the incident with the waiter, Meyer wasn’t exactly without any means to find out any info. Plus, he already knew that Hernandez wanted steerage, assigning the Pouncey brothers to “babysit” him in keeping with Rolling Stone, as well as bringing in Hernandez for morning scripture readings.
If you assume that Florida did not, it is unfair to have a look at the Gators and Meyer’s tenure as a person downside in relation to expertise vs. transgressions. At LSU, Tyrann Mathieu said he failed 10 drug exams. He was suspended just once before he was dismissed. And there are undoubtedly numerous different gamers who have prevented serious punishment at various occasions. (TCU and quarterback Casey Pachall, who rejoined the crew after going to rehab following his DWI arrest, could also be an outlier.)
Yes, Hernandez isn’t the only Meyer player to get in trouble with the law, and Carlos Hyde’s current three sport suspension only highlights that reality. Nevertheless, it is also doable to assume that after all that is transpired over the summer with Hernandez, Meyer is re-examining his workers’s philosophy in terms of discipline now that he’s at Ohio State. The charges towards Hyde have been dropped, but the suspension hasn’t. We’ll find out if that is one-time situation or the start of a trend.