Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was an incredible football talent, perhaps even one of the best talents to have ever played the tight end position, but he also had a very dark side.
Following the shocking news of his prison suicide, several former players and reporters have shared their stories of their encounters with the convicted murderer, but one story in particular stands out above the rest.
Today Ian Rapoport is arguably the most well-respected NFL insider in the business, but earlier in his career he covered Hernandez as a reporter for the Boston Herald and even established somewhat of a rapport with the Patriots star, here's what Rapoport had to say when he was asked if there were any "red flags" looking back:
Yeah, there is one that I think about a lot. I would end up hanging around by his locker a lot. He would do his interviews and we would chat. There weren’t a lot of guys that were just hanging out in the locker room, especially during those years, so we would hang out and we would talk. When we first exchanged numbers, he called me over and said, “Hey I just want you to know, you’re my guy. If you need anything let me know, I will help you out if I can. But I just want you to know, if you f--- me over, I’ll kill you.” I sort of laughed a little bit, and I said, “Don’t worry, I got you, I’ll take care of you.” It was me and this other reporter from CBS Sports, WIlliam Bendetson, and he was standing there and had listened and we kind of turned to each other and both laughed. And then the first text I got after it became clear that Hernandez was the suspect in the murder investigation was from William Bendetson, who was like, Hey remember that day in the locker room?
It sounds like Rapoport may have dodged a literal bullet by stating on the good side of Aaron Hernandez.