Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez committed an apparent suicide on Wednesday April 19, 2017. Myself and others engaged in a discussion on Facebook about his death and the situation surrounding it.
Perhaps “coward” is a little strong here, but a man who took his own life because he could face the consequences of his actions is the epitome of cowardly. Hernandez won the genetic lottery and was blessed with talent that would allow himself to lead a life his father, Dennis, would have been proud of, whose death impacted him so much that it led to disdain for authority figures. Anyhow, the gang lifestyle was seemingly his own decision, not the other way around.
It is easy for people to blame a system, an environment or a litany of extenuating circumstances as to why people act the way that they do. Looking in the mirror and admitting to your flaws is hard. However, there is some truth to the “product of your environment” argument. If a child grows up in a home where both parents smoke cigarettes on a daily basis, it is understandable that the child will become an adult who smokes. There does come a time when, regardless of a person’s upbringing, they need to be held responsible for their own actions. Even though the child witnesses their parents smoking every day, the child will eventually learn that tobacco is harmful. It would be socially irresponsible if the child becomes an adult and develops cancer from smoking, to blame it on their upbringing.
There are no reports, as of the time of this article, that suggest Aaron Hernandez suffered from mental illness.
In everyone’s quest to try to put Hernandez’s life in a positive light, or try to wrap their brains on why he was the way he was, nobody seems to be mentioning the people he left in his wake: the three people he killed (two of them, “allegedly”), his ex-fiancee and his DAUGHTER. This young girl will eventually have to have a very difficult discussion about her father’s actions. School is already tough, but her experience will most definitely be that much more difficult.
Once again, there is no evidence that suggest Hernandez suffered from brain trauma. In fact, it was never reported that he suffered a concussion during his football career. Mental illness and CTE are plausible arguments in some suicides. This is not one of them.
Far too often, we try to sympathize for wrongdoers. Aaron Hernandez was a cold-blooded killer and does not deserve any affinity.
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