If you had told me in 2012 that convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez would commit suicide in prison on the same day that the New England Patriots would be celebrating their fifth Super Bowl championship at the White House with President Donald Trump, I wouldn’t have believed you.
Everything about the Aaron Hernandez timeline is surreal, unnerving and practically inexplicable. As a fan, I shudder to think how a star on your favorite team could be so talented on the field and yet harbor such evil off of it. As a journalist, an objective spectator of life and its occurrences, I struggle to see how someone with everything, a star role on a premier team with millions of dollars attached to their name, could reduce themselves to nothing.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.