Classless Sports Journalism Following the Hernandez Murder Charge

It’s a tie for what may have been the worst headline following the arrest and indictment of ex-New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez yesterday.

The first comes from the Orlando Sentinal’s own, George Diaz: “Hernandez arrest bodes well for Tim Tebow at TE” … If you ever want to show the public just how out of touch you are, this is an excellent way to do it. Publish an article minutes after the charge of charges is filed against an athlete, minutes after the chilling account of how said athlete allegedly murdered an innocent man in cold blood, minutes after the victims family had to excuse themselves from the courtroom as the details of that murder are read aloud, that completely brushes the whole thing aside as if it’s a mere footnote in a longer story.

Here’s a sample of the trash Diaz published:

As folks like to say, when one door closes, another opens up.

In this case, it’s the clink  of the cellblock closing in on Aaron Hernandez, and the heavens parting for Tim Tebow.

The New England Patriots are in need of tight ends after Hernandez was arrested Wednesday morning. Police charged Herandez with murder and five-related gun charges in connection to the death of Odin Lloyd, an acquaintance who was found dead in an industrial park near Hernandez’s house. The Patriots immediately released Hernandez on Wednesday.

The tragedy of Odin’s death and the impact on his family will become a secondary story for talking heads in our celebrity-obsessed culture.

Hernandez’s misery is a win for Tebow. …

Aaron Hernandez, Biggest Loser.

Tim Tebow, Big Winner.

Then there’s this from the Pats Pulpit on SBNation: “Weathering the Aaron Hernandez Storm” … Oh, this should be good. First, a sample:

We all know the news by now – Aaron Hernandez has been taken into custody, and was subsequently released from the team. And while we don’t know exactly how all of this is going to play out, to be honest it’s no longer my business. I hope all of this works out for everyone involved and that justice is served one way or another, but Aaron Hernandez is no longer a New England Patriot and that’s just the way it is.

There’s one thing you can take to the bank, though, as more facts come to the surface: those people who love nothing more than to see bad things happen to the Patriots are going to have an absolute field day with this. … Some of them have already started, namely a few choice bumbling buffoons in the media who likely skipped the graduations of their children in order to get an article out there about how the Pats have lost their way or how the Hernandez situation is yet another chink in the armor of the crumbling ruins that was once the Patriots dynasty. We can all expect a lot more of that kind of talk over the coming weeks, and possibly over the coming months, depending on how the chips fall. …

All I can really do at this point is wish Hernandez the best of luck and hope that his prison cell has basic cable so he can watch his former team host a few playoff games this January.

Or, should he not go to jail, the very best of luck to him over in Oakland.

Ugh, where to start. I guess the best place would be with the tone of this “writer.” Way to be selfish and turn Hernandez arrest into something about you and your beloved team. They refer to the “Patriot Way” at a certain point in the article; that must refer to their ability to take any situation, no matter how serious, how unrelated and insert themselves right in the middle of it because they’re that self absorbed.

Then there’s the dig this guy takes at the media, claiming “a few choice bumbling buffoons” skipping out on important life events to get a story about the “crumbling ruins that was once the Patriots dynasty.” First of all, when was your last Super Bowl win? To have a dynasty, one must sit at the peak year after year, and, by my calculations, the Pats haven’t been at the peak of the NFL (i.e. champions) since 2004, nearly a decade ago. That’s besides the point here though. All of those bumbling buffoons that you’re referring to, they’re all out there right now, reporting what facts they have available to them. No one is scrambling to put together articles talking about the fall of the Pats, they’re busy talking about the fall from grace of this 23-year-old gifted athlete, and the tragedy that has struck Odin Lloyd’s family and the difficult time that lies ahead for them. Honestly, the only bumbling buffoon that I’ve come across on the interwebs today is the fool who’s excerpt lies a few lines above yours. Get your head out of your ass.

What say you, dear reader? Who wins douchebag of the day for their “coverage” of the Aaron Hernandez arrest?

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