Florida removes references to Hernandez

The Florida Gators are no longer celebrating Aaron Hernandez.

The University Athletic Association, which funds the school’s athletic programs, has removed all references to Hernandez in and around the football stadium. The latest and most public one came Thursday when construction workers pulled up a granite plaque commemorating Hernandez as a first team All-America selection in 2009. The brick was cemented into the ground outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

“We didn’t feel it was appropriate to celebrate Aaron Hernandez,” the UAA said in a statement. “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 End Zone team area, locker room, football offices, Heavener Complex Kornblau Lobby and the brick display entrance to the football facility.

“We were able to implement some of the changes immediately, and this (brick removal) was a more complex process to complete with our vendors.”

The school started distancing itself from Hernandez on June 26, the day he was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. The school removed photographs of Hernandez from the locker room, the team area, the football facility and throughout the stadium.

Hernandez played at Florida from 2007-09 and earned All-America honors as a junior.

Meanwhile, newly released surveillance photos show Hernandez holding what authorities say appears to be a gun, shortly after Lloyd was shot to death.

The photos, taken from Hernandez’s home surveillance system, are in more than 100 pages of court records released by Attleboro District Court. Prosecutors have previously described the photos in court and in affidavits, but this is the public’s first look at images showing Hernandez holding a gun both before and after the killing.

Four pictures show Hernandez in his basement holding a gun shortly after Lloyd was killed, an affidavit released Thursday says. The surveillance was cut off within minutes.

Two other photos show what authorities say is Hernandez in his living room, a few hours before Lloyd’s killing, also holding what they say is a gun.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was peppered with questions about Hernandez on Thursday.

Surrounded by about 50 media members, Brady was soft-spoken and thoughtful as he talked at length for the first time since his former tight end’s name surfaced in connection with Lloyd’s death.

“Certainly, it’s a very tragic thing that happened and someone loses their life,” Brady said during a 17-minute session on the team’s practice field, “but all those things were out of the players’ control here. We’re not really a part of that situation.”

He declined to answer several questions, saying he had been advised not to. They included whether he had spoken with Hernandez or whether Hernandez had apologized to him after the tight end was linked to the investigation.

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PHAT_VOL writes:

If he was still a Gator he would have to sit out the first two games of the season.

BigbearVol writes:

Florida's official reponse to this situation………Henandez WHO?

volnbig11land writes:

If urban was still there, this wouldn't have happened.

He would have sat out the first quarter of next year's spring game.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Are these cowards going to put it all back if he's found not guilty..There should be some separation between his football accomplishments and what happened in his personal life. I don't see where recognizing his all American status is promoting criminal behavior.. It's merely writing down and reporting and recognizing a historical fact and nothing more. In the end it doesn't matter how hard they try to erase him from Gator history; Fans know he was a Gator and helped them win a NC

CrankE writes:

in response to PHAT_VOL:

If he was still a Gator he would have to sit out the first two games of the season.

Well, I was going to lay down some snark on this, but after reading your comment, that's it. Game over.

+1

CrankE writes:

Maybe they could replace it with a John Adamz plaque?

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

This is a no brainer. The lizards now will replace the slab of concrete with the name of one of their trolls who live here on GoVolsExtra.

Whomever that will be has certainly earned it.

RoadTrip writes:

The best and worst posts of the day are in this thread. Pretty easy to spot them.

So - is OJ still in the NFL's HOF?

6972 writes:

in response to PHAT_VOL:

If he was still a Gator he would have to sit out the first two games of the season.

You are probably wrong....I think it would only be one.

Chappy writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

Are these cowards going to put it all back if he's found not guilty..There should be some separation between his football accomplishments and what happened in his personal life. I don't see where recognizing his all American status is promoting criminal behavior.. It's merely writing down and reporting and recognizing a historical fact and nothing more. In the end it doesn't matter how hard they try to erase him from Gator history; Fans know he was a Gator and helped them win a NC

You're not serious, are you?

You're saying that if he committed 3 murders in the last year, that FL should celebrate his involvement in a NC?

In other news, the Berlin School of Art announced breaking ground on the new Adolph Hitler wing, because after all a person's professional and personal life should be separate.

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

He is probable still up on Their WALL OF THUGS

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to Chappy:

You're not serious, are you?

You're saying that if he committed 3 murders in the last year, that FL should celebrate his involvement in a NC?

In other news, the Berlin School of Art announced breaking ground on the new Adolph Hitler wing, because after all a person's professional and personal life should be separate.

I guess it's how you look at it..I didn't say anything about celebrating..I don't see how a brick in the pavement is a form of celebrating;but more a basic acknowledgement that he was an all American as a student athlete and nothing more. I could care less what FLA or the Pats do but both the good and bad are now recorded in history..I do like your Hitler reference though..Most people don't know he was a pretty talented artist but he could not paint people..For that reason the art professor denied him admission into school. Had Hitler continued in art school;he might have missed his political window and history would have been rewritten..Please don't narrow mindedly label me a Nazi lover just because I enjoy WW2 history because like it or not history is meant to be recorded; both the good and bad

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

Good move by Florida. Did Tennessee remove anyting associated with Leonard Little or Dwayne Goodrich for their criminally negligent homicides? Just curious.

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Good move by Florida. Did Tennessee remove anyting associated with Leonard Little or Dwayne Goodrich for their criminally negligent homicides? Just curious.

Oh yeah, did UT remove anything asscoiated with Donte Stallworth? He too, had a criminally negligent hiomicide.

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to TNORANGEDOGDAD:

He is probable still up on Their WALL OF THUGS

Do you know who the Fullmer Cup was named after?

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to PHAT_VOL:

If he was still a Gator he would have to sit out the first two games of the season.

Dang, that made me hurt..LMAO!!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Do you know who the Fullmer Cup was named after?

Uhhh, Urban Meyer??

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Hernandez already removed that brick and used in one of his homicides..

MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to TNORANGEDOGDAD:

He is probable still up on Their WALL OF THUGS

Given that 41 members of their 2008 team have been arrested, the Wall of Thugs has a different name down there...It's called the Team Picture

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Good move by Florida. Did Tennessee remove anyting associated with Leonard Little or Dwayne Goodrich for their criminally negligent homicides? Just curious.

All 3 are listed statiscally on UTSports.com as they should be.Stallworth and Little both bought their way out of prison with very large money compensation to the victims family and both came right out in interviews and said that they paid their way out of prison time. Leonard even went as far as being arrested for DUI again after the first incident. Sad but true

MetroplexMojo writes:

While Little and Stallworth should still be in prison, comparing what they did and pre-meditated murder(s) is asinine. Unlike Hernandez who had a lengthy rap sheet in college that made most NFL teams take him off their draft boards, there are no reported incidents related to Little and Stallworth while at UTK. The Bengals (who have taken chances on every talented thug), the Seahawks (who drafted guys convicted of sexual assault) and the Cowboys (who have had Irvin, Dez, Goodrich, Nate Newton and Pacman) ALL took Hernandez off their draft boards.

In all fairness, Muschump is doing a better job at discipline than his predecessor. The guy that barked at the dog got suspended twice as long as Hernandez did for the multitude of incidents that he was involved in while at UF.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

While Little and Stallworth should still be in prison, comparing what they did and pre-meditated murder(s) is asinine. Unlike Hernandez who had a lengthy rap sheet in college that made most NFL teams take him off their draft boards, there are no reported incidents related to Little and Stallworth while at UTK. The Bengals (who have taken chances on every talented thug), the Seahawks (who drafted guys convicted of sexual assault) and the Cowboys (who have had Irvin, Dez, Goodrich, Nate Newton and Pacman) ALL took Hernandez off their draft boards.

In all fairness, Muschump is doing a better job at discipline than his predecessor. The guy that barked at the dog got suspended twice as long as Hernandez did for the multitude of incidents that he was involved in while at UF.

The Stallworth case in particular would have never been VH if Dont'e hadn't been drinking. The victim was suicidal and basically jumped into the path of his car. The outcome would have been the same whether DS was sober or intoxicated. That's why the court showed some compassion in that case. Little on the other hand was clearly DWI and that's what caused those deaths, there should have been prison time in Little's incident.

MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

The Stallworth case in particular would have never been VH if Dont'e hadn't been drinking. The victim was suicidal and basically jumped into the path of his car. The outcome would have been the same whether DS was sober or intoxicated. That's why the court showed some compassion in that case. Little on the other hand was clearly DWI and that's what caused those deaths, there should have been prison time in Little's incident.

There were mitigating circumstances in the Stallworth case; however, he did choose to drink and drive and he should have to live with the consequences. The DD laws in this country are weak and laughable. I nearly lost a leg to a drunk driver over 15 years ago (and still have a lovely scar from it). The guy that hit me was wealthy and he spent less time in police custody than I did when I TP'ed a house while in high school.

CantStandCantStandSaban writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Oh yeah, did UT remove anything asscoiated with Donte Stallworth? He too, had a criminally negligent hiomicide.

I realize that you embrace your role as the critical contrarian on this message board, but even you have to see the difference between willfully and maliciously ending the life of one of your FRIENDS and getting behind the wheel and causing an ACCIDENT that kills someone. True, the end result is the same, but intent makes an enormous difference in the eyes of the law...and it should. The fact that you would even attempt to make that comparison is just plain laughable. Nice try, but you should stick to your "We're better than UT at everything" schtick...it makes a helluva lot more sense than this.

Snapshot writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Good move by Florida. Did Tennessee remove anyting associated with Leonard Little or Dwayne Goodrich for their criminally negligent homicides? Just curious.

Negligent homicide is a lot different than MURDER, you moron. I realize that an unintentional act and purposely killing someone is probably something your pea sized gater brain can't comprehend.

CrankE writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Good move by Florida. Did Tennessee remove anyting associated with Leonard Little or Dwayne Goodrich for their criminally negligent homicides? Just curious.

No. UT did not pretend that they could erase or change history by turning them into "unpersons" as Florida is doing now.

UF's attempts at whitewashing are futile and therefore laughable. Do you not think that others will remind the world of what Florida wants them to forget? Just curious.

Keep rehabbing the knee, Adamz.

DC82_Vol writes:

It goes to show you, you are guilty until proven innocent. Sounds like when I was in the military.

brokendownoldvol writes:

in response to DC82_Vol:

It goes to show you, you are guilty until proven innocent. Sounds like when I was in the military.

Or a man in divorce court.

gameofvols writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Good move by Florida. Did Tennessee remove anyting associated with Leonard Little or Dwayne Goodrich for their criminally negligent homicides? Just curious.

None of them carried anybody out and shot them 5 times you idiot.........

gameofvols writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Do you know who the Fullmer Cup was named after?

Yeah, Zook you idiot.

gameofvols writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Oh yeah, did UT remove anything asscoiated with Donte Stallworth? He too, had a criminally negligent hiomicide.

No, he was not barking at a police dog you idiot.........

exlineman writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Do you know who the Fullmer Cup was named after?

Brett, you actually made another stupid post without mentioning doolander or Doolittle. You must be slipping, guess Lisa is getting your mind all up in orbit, since Amy put you on the road. How is that burgundy jag. drive that she owns. You are way out of place with her, she will put you on the road soon as she figures out what a goof ball you are.

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to Snapshot:

Negligent homicide is a lot different than MURDER, you moron. I realize that an unintentional act and purposely killing someone is probably something your pea sized gater brain can't comprehend.

Because Hernandez's technique was a little more cold-blooded and callous, his victim is somehow more dead than the poor souls who died at the hands of Goodrich, Stallworth and Little?

I'm thinking the 3 innocent victims who got splatterd all over the road by former UT players could really care less if someone had put a gun to their head versus making them human roadkill.

If/when proven guilty, I think Hernandez should get the death penalty. But for all the UT fans who use this as some sort of anti-UF fodder, I'm just illustrating the sad fact that MANY schools have current and former players who run seriously afoul of the law.

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to CrankE:

No. UT did not pretend that they could erase or change history by turning them into "unpersons" as Florida is doing now.

UF's attempts at whitewashing are futile and therefore laughable. Do you not think that others will remind the world of what Florida wants them to forget? Just curious.

Keep rehabbing the knee, Adamz.

And everytime some dipstick like you tries to remind Florida of Hernandez, someone like me will illustrate your absurdity by remdinding you of Stallworth, Little and Goodrich.

And truthfully, UF is no more responsible for Hernandez deciding to kill someone than UT is for the 3 former players who killed people while driving drunk.

Vols4Ever writes:

Revisionist history in an attempt to deny their own conduct in being the 'Gangster Gators.

Will they vacate all the games he was on the roster?

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to gameofvols:

None of them carried anybody out and shot them 5 times you idiot.........

So if someone gets shot in the head by some criminal thug, it's worse than someone getting killed by a careless, negligent, wasted thug in a car?

Dead is dead. I know this is really hard for y'all to comprehend, and it screws with your "bash UF" template, but having not one, not two, but THREE former All-Americans all committ negligent homicide is perhaps more alarming than one really bad apple who for some God-awful reason, thinks it's okay to just go around shooting people.

Fortunately for all of us, there are a lot more Peyton Manning's, Danny Wuerffel's, Tim Tebow's and Eric Berry's than there are Leonard Little's and Aaron Hernandez's.

Move along.

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to Vols4Ever:

Revisionist history in an attempt to deny their own conduct in being the 'Gangster Gators.

Will they vacate all the games he was on the roster?

Only when UT vacates the wins for Little, Goodrich and Stallworth.

Let us know when that happens.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Because Hernandez's technique was a little more cold-blooded and callous, his victim is somehow more dead than the poor souls who died at the hands of Goodrich, Stallworth and Little?

I'm thinking the 3 innocent victims who got splatterd all over the road by former UT players could really care less if someone had put a gun to their head versus making them human roadkill.

If/when proven guilty, I think Hernandez should get the death penalty. But for all the UT fans who use this as some sort of anti-UF fodder, I'm just illustrating the sad fact that MANY schools have current and former players who run seriously afoul of the law.

Only in Florida could someone rationalize first degree murder in comparison to vehicular homicide.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Only in Florida could someone rationalize first degree murder in comparison to vehicular homicide.

Beare,

Give it up friend. You're talking with a lizard troll who spends his off-GVX time canoeing on Lake Alice. Remember, trolls always want the 'last word', even on a rival's website.

gameofvols writes:

Why do Florida trash, Vandy trash and Ky trash continue to report on this site. It states Go Vols Xtra. Can they not read???

gameofvols writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

So if someone gets shot in the head by some criminal thug, it's worse than someone getting killed by a careless, negligent, wasted thug in a car?

Dead is dead. I know this is really hard for y'all to comprehend, and it screws with your "bash UF" template, but having not one, not two, but THREE former All-Americans all committ negligent homicide is perhaps more alarming than one really bad apple who for some God-awful reason, thinks it's okay to just go around shooting people.

Fortunately for all of us, there are a lot more Peyton Manning's, Danny Wuerffel's, Tim Tebow's and Eric Berry's than there are Leonard Little's and Aaron Hernandez's.

Move along.

Move along? You are the one on a TN. site. Do the Leaping Lizards not have a site of their own?

us43137415#376444 writes:

in response to TNORANGEDOGDAD:

He is probable still up on Their WALL OF THUGS

He can't be a thug.

The posters on KNS only hang that label on every person of color.

Snapshot writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

So if someone gets shot in the head by some criminal thug, it's worse than someone getting killed by a careless, negligent, wasted thug in a car?

Dead is dead. I know this is really hard for y'all to comprehend, and it screws with your "bash UF" template, but having not one, not two, but THREE former All-Americans all committ negligent homicide is perhaps more alarming than one really bad apple who for some God-awful reason, thinks it's okay to just go around shooting people.

Fortunately for all of us, there are a lot more Peyton Manning's, Danny Wuerffel's, Tim Tebow's and Eric Berry's than there are Leonard Little's and Aaron Hernandez's.

Move along.

Here is an idea for you, if you don't want to see gater bashing don't come on this site. Think you can grasp that simple concept?

How about YOU move along.

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