Bart Scott said on his radio show that he and his New York Jets teammates used to taunt Aaron Hernandez about dead bodies.
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“We used to always mess with Hernandez when we were on the field and say, ‘Hey man, I heard they found a body,’” the former Jets linebacker said. “And we thought it was a joke. We didn’t really think it was serious, but we knew that he was a bad guy.”
Hernandez was found guilty of the murder of Odin Lloyd and was charged with the murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, although he was acquitted of those murders. He committed suicide in 2017 by hanging himself.
He spent three seasons in the NFL and was released by the Patriots after the murder accusations became public. Although the accusations shocked people when they came out, it appears from Scott’s comments that some of his peers weren’t too surprised by them.
Scott was an important part of Rex Ryan’s defense, patrolling the middle of the field with David Harris, who is now a Patriot, while Darrelle Revis, who has since sullied his Jets legacy, played cornerback. Scott was a leader on defense while Nick Mangold led the offense. The team reached the AFC Championship game in 2009 and 2010, once beting Hernandez’s Pats.
Rex Ryan and his teams were known for their trash talking and their ability to get into teams’ heads. However, this psychic moment by the Jets probably wasn’t something they expected to be as true as it was.