2013 Crimesman Trophy: Storm Clouds Gather Around Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez
First, a big thank-you to everybody who helped me cobble together what I think is now a complete 2013 Crimesman Trophy scoreboard. I had no idea there were so many places that tracked NFL crime on the internet!
Knowing that these resources are indeed available, who's in with me on an NFL Crime Fantasy league next offseason? As fans of the NFL, we need some way to bide our time through the summer months. The combine, draft and free agency sustain us until May, but damn that pesky "May through training camp" period. OTAs just aren't enough.
$200 entry fee, eight owners, everyone drafts four NFL teams and you get all the players on their roster. Misdemeanors are worth one point, regular felonies are worth three points, murders are worth ten points.
I think it would work.
And if we did do this, right about now the owner of the Patriots in our fantasy crime league would be sitting on the crime fantasy equivalent of Arian Foster readying himself for a game against the Jaguars defense.
The elusive "10 points for murder" is firmly in play with Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez!
In case you've been living under a rock, on Tuesday news broke that a rental car tied to Hernandez was spotted near a crime scene where the dead body of a 27-year-old semi-pro football player named Odin Lloyd was found, near Hernandez's home in North Attleboro, MA.
Even worse, if you're trying to set the scene on this thing, if the reports are correct, apparently Lloyd was shot and his body then dumped at the industrial park about a mile from Hernandez's home.
And if you're wondering just how firmly "10 for murder" is in play, whereas reports at first were merely that Hernandez was being uncooperative and not ruled out as a suspect, now come some details that paint a pretty bleak picture for any Patriots fan hoping his tight end is going to come out of this clean.
Lloyd was reportedly dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend, and according to Fox 25 in Boston, Hernandez was out with Lloyd and two other men the night of the murder:
A law enforcement official tells FOX 25 Hernandez appears to be directly tied to the homicide which is why authorities executed a search warrant at his home Tuesday night. According to the same source, Hernandez, Lloyd, and two other men were at a bar in Boston the night of the homicide, and at some point, the four men left together in a car driven by Hernandez which was confirmed by a text Lloyd sent another friend, the source says.
It is unclear where the car went or what happened during the ride, but according to the source only three men returned to Hernandez's home at the end of the night and Lloyd was not one of them.
The source also says forensic evidence places a vehicle driven by Hernandez at one of the crime scenes in this case.
Initial reaction: Yikes.