Urban Meyer: I'm Not at Fault for Hernandez's Issues

Published on 08-Jul-2013 by Stacey Mickles
Football - NCAA / NCAA Football Daily Review

Aaron Hernandez and Urban Meyer

This past week was not a good week for Urban Meyer.

First, Meyer took a hit from the media after it was learned that he may have turned in his former team, the Florida Gators, into the NCAA for secondary recruiting violations.

Now people are questioning how much responsibility, if any, should he have taken in the Aaron Hernandez case.

Those in the know think that Meyer was a bit soft in handling Hernandez during his tenure at Florida, and neither Meyer nor his family took too kindly to the criticism. 

"I just received an email from a friend where there is an accusation of multiple failed drug tests by Hernandez covered up by University of Florida or the coaching staff. This is absolutely not true," Meyer said. "Hernandez was held to the same drug testing policy as every other player."

Meyer also added: "He was an athlete at Florida 4 -7 years ago and there are some comments being made that are not correct. Our staff, myself [sic], and our families worked very hard to mentor and guide him."

Meyer tried to  minimize Hernandez's brushes with the law, but if you read some of his charges, you wouldn't think it was minimum.

While in Gainesville, Hernandez was accused of witnessing a shooting, getting into an altercation at a restaurant, and failing a drug test.

Other than that, Meyer said "that was it".  Other than that? In the NFL, he would probably be kicked out of league by now. 

Meyer's easy attitude towards Hernandez is why he is being called out for his actions -- or in this case, inactions -- when it comes to this situation.

Maybe Meyer should pay more attention to the goings on in Columbus before all hell breaks loose there, too, and he finds himself conveniently retiring again.

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