As time goes on and people delve deeper into the murder of Odin Lloyd, Aaron Hernandez's past continues to raise more red flags. As USA Today Sports' Kevin Manahan reported earlier this morning, current New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow tried to restrain Aaron Hernandez from punching a bouncer while the two were teammates at the University of Florida.
However, even Tebow could not keep Hernandez from such trouble. In 2007, the two were at a bar where Hernandez got into an argument with a waitress over drinks. According to the story, Hernandez had ordered two drinks at The Swamp Restaurant and drank both drinks before refusing to pay the bill.
Michael Taphorn, the restaurant's manager, told Hernandez to leave. As Hernandez left, he told police outside the restaurant, at which point Taphorn then got into Hernandez's face. As Taphorn went to go back into the bar, Hernandez struck Taphorn on the side of the head. When he was examined the next day, it turned out Taphorn's right eardrum was broken.
At the time, Hernandez was a 17-year-old freshman at the University of Florida and no charges were made in regards to Hernandez. As the report states, police said Taphorn was going to press charges at first, but when police followed up with him, Taphorn told them "that he may request the charges be dropped," an investigator wrote in the supplemental report. He added: "Taphorn did state that he had been contacted by legal staff and coaches with UF and that they may be working on an agreement. However, nothing is finalized."
However, University of Florida spokesman Steve McClain refuted Taphorn's statement in the USA Today article saying, "No one from the university's general counsel's office was involved in this manner."
Hernandez is being charged with first degree murder and 5 gun-related charges in connection to the death of Odin Lloyd. He is also connected with a possible double murder stemming from a July 2012 shooting.
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