Hours before former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was formally charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, the 23-year-old opened his front door to find several law enforcement officials waiting for him Wednesday morning. Several media outlets managed to capture footage of the exact moment that a dejected-looking Hernandez realized that he would be arrested, giving birth to a viral “GIF.”
In the GIF, created by sports blog Ride The Pine, a shirtless Hernandez can be seen answering his front door, apparently unaware that law enforcement officials were camped out on his porch. As police reveal that he will be arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a noticeably downcast Hernandez rolls his eyes before retreating from view of the cameras. Moments later, he was taken away in handcuffs, a white T-shirt draped over his shoulders.
Although it has already become a subject of mockery on social media, the Hernandez GIF is currently the least of the 23-year-old’s problems. On Wednesday afternoon, Hernandez was officially charged with six felony counts, including Lloyd’s murder and several illegal weapons charges. He is currently being held without bail.
The Hernandez GIF isn’t the only embarrassing photo to emerge from the Lloyd homicide investigation. On Wednesday night, TMZ released a 2009 picture in which Hernandez took a “selfie” while brandishing a Glock handgun, which may or may not have been loaded. The self-photo was allegedly taken when Hernandez was 19-year-old student at the University of Florida.
Moreover, the Glock selfie and Hernandez GIF have given rise to a new Internet trend, “Hernandezing,” in which social media users post photos of themselves imitating the murder suspect’s now-infamous poses. In the pictures, participants pose with their arms tucked into their T-shirts, accompanied by the hash tag “Hernandezing."
The Aaron Hernandez arrest GIF is included below. If the GIF doesn't work, you can view the Ride The Pine's original here.
[h/t] Ride The Pine
Tom Barrabi is a reporter for the International Business Times. He graduated from Fairfield University in 2011, and has also written for Men's Fitness, Complex, GuySpeed, and...