Players from around the NFL have taken to social media to share their thoughts on Aaron Hernandez’s abrupt death. Serving life in prison for the murder of Odin Lloyd, the former New England Patriots’ tight end was found dead in his jail cell of an apparent suicide.
The news comes just days after Hernandez was acquitted of two other murders. He was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. EDT, having hung himself with a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window.
Hernandez‘s death has resulted in all kinds of reactions from football players. While some expressed their disbelief at Hernandez’s actions, others showed sympathy for the ex-football player.
RIP Chico __ #81
— Flash Gordon (@JOSH_GORDONXII) April 19, 2017
RIP Aaron Hernandez
— ♛ Durell Eskridge (@Deskridge37) April 19, 2017
And just like that, that's the end of the Aaron Hernandez Story. That's crazy..
— Da'Quan Bowers (@DaQuanBowers91) April 19, 2017
Damn man... Aaron Hernandez wow. Had everything he wanted in life then lost it all. RIP.... damn
— Brandon King (@BrandonKing4787) April 19, 2017
Two things hearing from players re Hernandez:
1. Sympathy for family of Odin Lloyd;
2. Wondering if what happened to Hernandez CTE related.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) April 19, 2017
Hernandez was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, and he quickly became an important part of New England’s offense. In 2012, the team gave Hernandez a new contract, one that included $16 million in guaranteed money and could pay him up to $40 million over five years.
Hernandez was arrested 10 months after signing his new deal, and he was sentenced to life in prison in April 2015.