U of Florida Removes Brick Honoring Aaron Hernandez

By: Matt Spencer - July 25, 2013

As more and more details come to light about crimes allegedly committed by Aaron Hernandez, the more teams are trying to distance themselves from him. The latest such action came today as the University of Florida removed a brick on the famed “gator walk” honoring the tight end.

From 2007 to 2009 Hernandez played at Florida where he excelled on the field, even winning the Mackey award for top tight end in the nation as a junior in ’09. That same year Hernandez also garnered All-American honors, which the brick located directly outside of the team’s stadium commemorated.

When asked about the school-wide removal of Hernandez related items, the school released a statement that made clear their attitude toward the situation:

“We didn’t feel it was appropriate to celebrate Aaron Hernandez. We put together an immediate plan after the initial news broke to remove his likeness and name in various private and public areas in the facility, such as the South Endzone team area, locker room, football offices, Heavener Complex, Kornblau Lobby and the brick display entrance to the football facility.”

Removal of the brick is the latest move by the University, which has also been busy removing images of Hernandez from the team’s facilities. But the administration at Florida are not the only ones trying to erase Hernandez; EA sports removed him from their newest Madden and NCAA titles, The Pro Football Hall of Fame removed a photo of him after receiving complaints, and a memorabilia company removed stickers of him from their product line.

If Hernandez has him name cleared in court it is likely that the brick and other items will be replaced, but until that time institutions would rather not risk coming out in support of a possible murderer. Whether you agree with the preemptive judgement of the University and others, it is clear that no one seems to be rushing to Hernandez’s corner.

Matt Spencer

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  • Reality

    Wow…. I have heard of not casting the first stone….. never heard of casting the first brick.

    • Christopher Blackwell

      I’m concerned about the increasing attitude of what seems to be the entire country now, that Hernandez is already tried and convicted of the crimes he is accused of commiting. Yes the evidence against him is overwhelming. but UNDERSTAND THIS PEOPLE. Hernandez is not guilty of a darn thing right now. Has any one heard of the “Presumption of innocence? I’m not with any of you who hve completely disregarded the BIll OF RIGHTS which I believe is the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the UNITED STATES.
      I find it particularly disturbing that an Institution such as the University Florida condones this premature condemnation of Mr. Hernandez which is simply based on personal opinion with out any regard for justice.
      Lets continue this behavior in all future issues and see ourselves as a nation, nothing more than another 3rd world dictatorship fueled by anarchy and socialism.
      Think about this people. This is about much more than School pride and concern about an image.

  • http://newbizshop.com derek

    What would be funny is if he was cleared of all charges and was framed. lol

    The media and people would look like idiot’s casting a judgement before the trial even started.

    So much for innocent till proven guilty. People said OJ killed 2 people but he was found innocent. (of course we now know he actually did it)