It’s unfair to compare Aaron Hernandez and Ray Lewis

Street Talk It’s unfair to compare Aaron Hernandez and Ray Lewis

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On Wednesday, tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested, released by the New England Patriots, and then charged with first-degree murder and five other firearm violations all within hours of each other.

As the shocking developments continue to unfold surrounding Hernandez’s alleged involvement in the events that led to the death of Odin Lloyd, 27 on the night of June 14th, comparisons by multiple media outlets continue to draw a connection between Hernandez and Ravens legend Ray Lewis.

This is unfortunate for Lewis, as his name was cleared in the stabbing deaths of two young men outside of an Atlanta night club back in January, 2000. However, Lewis apparently will never escape the guilty verdict in the court of public opinion despite the fact that an ambitious Atlanta District Attorney could never mount a compelling case against him and his celebrity status.

Meanwhile, evidence described by Massachusetts prosecutors on Wednesday suggests that Hernandez, 23 hardly matches up with the public persona of a maturing young athlete. The prosecution alleges that Hernandez “orchestrated [Odin Lloyd’s] execution.”

Comparatively speaking Lewis was in the wrong place at the wrong time, hanging with the wrong people. He made some mistakes that night, perhaps driven by panic and visions of a promising career going down the drain. But never was there a developing case and a mountain of evidence that allegedly rivals Fenway’s Green Monster, like there is against Hernandez.

Nevertheless, Lewis remains a convenient comparative point of reference for many in the media when describing Hernandez’ case when really the only thing these cases have in common are that they involve an NFL player and that men died.

Lewis led an exemplary and decorated career from January, 2000 forward as a model player on and off the field. And perhaps it’s those accomplishments coupled with his connectivity to that horrific night in Buckhead, near Atlanta, Georgia that brings the future Hall of Famer to the forefront when tragedies like this happen.

No one ever seems to draw parallels to the name of Rae Carruth who was convicted of murder while a promising wide receiver of the Carolina Panthers.

Fingering Lewis is lazy, irresponsible and quite frankly unintelligent.

Maybe these “professionals” when covering the Hernandez case should keep in mind that another man is dead, his family grieves and another promising career just came to a tragic end.

That’s the real part of the story, not Ray Lewis.

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Kris Jones

About Kris Jones

Kris – or “Goob” as he’s widely known – has turned an obsession into a career. As a media member by day and super fan by night, he reports from the Under Armour Performance Center twice per week and brings Ravens news from a fan’s perspective. His popular YouTube series Goobvision propelled his career and notoriety amongst Ravens fans, even helping him win the 2010 nationwide DIRECTV Ultimate Displaced Fan contest. He’s been featured on shows such as The Jim Rome Show, ProFootballTalk Live, The Sirius XM Blitz with Rich Gannon and Adam Schein, Sirius XM’s MadDog Radio, The Michael Irvin Show, Tony Bruno Show, Two Live Stews and to name a few (or is that a lot?). He’s caught a touchdown pass from Warren Moon during a flag football game and hates the Pittsburgh Steelers more than anyone else on the face of the earth.
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