TWO BITS: Hernandez & Meyer allegations, Tebow

By Adam Silverstein
August 27, 2013

1 » A post on RollingStone.com detailing six revelations from an upcoming Rolling Stone magazine investigation into former Florida Gators and New England Patriots tight end Aaron Herndez alleges that then-Florida head coach Urban Meyer “may have helped cover up failed drug tests, along with two violent incidents – an assault and a drive-by shootout outside a local bar.” Though both of these incidents – the assault outside The Swamp Restaurant in April 2007 and shooting in Sept. 2007 – have been public knowledge for quite some time, the magazine appears to be taking the story a step further by noting that Meyer may have been heavily involved in ensuring Hernandez did not get in trouble for his actions (admitted in the case of the assault and alleged in the case of the shooting). Other tidbits from the story include Hernandez being a “heavy user of angel dust” who was on the verge of being cut by the Patriots.

UPDATED Aug. 28 at 10:45 a.m.: In the story, which can be read in full by clicking here, writer Paul Solotaroff simply recounts Hernandez’s time at Florida sourced by a “local reporter who was covering the team.” Regarding Meyer and any potential cover-up to Hernandez’s misdeeds, nothing new is reported but the contention is made that Meyer covered up multiple failed drug tests in order for Hernandez to retain his eligibility to play in games, an allegation that Meyer and Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley have both previously denied.

RELATED from June 25: Foley defends Florida’s handling of Hernandez
RELATED from July 6: Urban Meyer: Florida did not enable Hernandez

2 » Speaking of New England, team owner Robert Kraft said Tuesday that he is “rooting … big-time” for back-up quarterback Tim Tebow to make the team out of training camp. “He’s a very special young man. He’s been a real joy to have around here,” Kraft said, according to the Boston Globe. Though the decision will be up to head coach Bill Belichick and the player has been anything but impressive thus far during practice and preseason action, Tebow should have an opportunity in the team’s final preseason game when he is expected to play the entire second half.

11 Comments

  1. Danthefan says:

    Whoa. This is darkness. If Meyer did cover those things up, thus aiding Aaron (and potentially empowering him to do more wrong), I will certainly stop defending the coach. Most likely jump on the dislike wagon, which is not too far away from the “get him out of coaching” wagon.

    Being a coach to youth is a privilege, not a right.

    Influencing and being a leader to young men is too important to have someone willing to do nearly anything to win.

    Not cool.

    • Tractorr says:

      I doubt that anything will ever be proved against Meyer, but I think he is a pathological liar. I honestly don’t think he can help himself, and I don’t think that he thinks that he is doing wrong. In his mind he thinks he is helping these young men by covering for them and as Hernandez has proved that is usually not the case. We aren’t talking about standard college stuff here. A lot of college guys get in fights, do drugs, get DUIs. What a lot of college kids don’t do is be involved with driveby shootings. I was defending Meyer and Hernandez about the shooting before but as more facts came to the surface it is pretty clear that Hernandez had something to do with that shooting. Hernandez is a bad egg and Meyer allowed him to continue his behavior.

    • Ken (CA) says:

      Surprised even not knowing this anyone would still be defending him. Thanks for the championships, assuming no wrongdoing is proven with Hernandez and they don’t get yanked for some reason, but he left the program a train wreck, an embarassment of thugs, as bad as Zooker’s time, and made a mockery of the university with his in and out and in and out and osu all within a 2 year period. I got over defending him as soon as he took OSU job so quickly. I understand the home and family there thing, but I think that is just another lie to cover. I am just waiting to see OSU crash and burn in 3-4 years.

  2. April says:

    “back-up quarterback Tim Tebow”

    Uh….no.

    Ryan Mallet is the backup. Tebow is the third string qb.

  3. Tractorr says:

    I am sorry but I think Meyer is a two faced scumbag. I am so glad that he isn’t part of our program any longer. He preached all the positives that a coach must, but it looks like he didn’t live them at all.

  4. Joe says:

    So that paragon of hard hitting investigative journalism the Rolling Stoned ALLEGES Meyer covered up some incidents involving a star football player. We have all read dozens of these type of articles before. He said, we believe, it may have, blah, blah blah. But there won’t be any solid proof that Meyer actually did anything wrong. Bottom line is he did exactly what he was paid to do, win football games. The TRUTH is he brought us 2 National Championships, 2 SEC Championships and a Heisman Trophy and until somebody ponies up some real FACTS to the contrary, Meyer will go down as the best head football coach in UF history.

    • Timmy T says:

      If I were a stoner, this is where I would say, “Gimme some of what your smoking”.

      Meyer did indeed win 2 ships as coach but he also made my beloved University a remake of “Thug U”. Best football coach in UF history? C’mon man! Spurrier holds that distinction for now.

    • Tractorr says:

      No way Meyer is a better coach that Spurrier. Spurrier made Florida into what it is today. Meyer showed up and focused what Spurrier built. Meyer ran when he realize that he would not be able to contend with Saban on a yearly basis, and he got FSU, UGA, and UT when they were in downswings.

      I agree that it is likely nothing will ever be proved against Meyer but I think he is a scumbag and I am much happier with him as far away from the program as possible.

  5. G2 says:

    Hope he gets exposed for being the weasel that he is!!

  6. Michael Jones says:

    Spurrier is the best football coach we’ve ever had.

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