Jan 13, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) reacts against the Houston Texans during the first half of the AFC divisional round playoff game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Teammates Say Aaron Hernandez Changed After Signing New Contract

New England Patriots fans are in a whirlwind at the moment as star tight end Aaron Hernandez currently has an arrest warrant out for his arrest in connection with a homicide case. While Hernandez hasn’t been charged with murder, he has been closely linked to the case and is currently wanted for obstruction of justice.

Not much attention was paid Hernandez’s off-field issues before this incident but fans are now learning that while they weren’t concerned with what Hernandez was doing, his teammates and NFL executives were very aware. According to Sports Illustrated’s Greg A. Bedard, Hernandez’s teammates saw a change in the tight ends attitude after he signed his $41 million contract.

Have heard from two Patriots teammates who said, in their opinion, Hernandez got more brazen after contract extension.

— Greg A. Bedard (@GregABedard) June 21, 2013

It’s been a rough week for Hernandez as his NFL future is in serious doubt since he’s part of a homicide investigation, and his teammates coming forth to back off support of him is not encouraging. Fans and media members can have reservations about Hernandez but few people know him better than his teammates so if they note something like a significant change in his attitude and to call him “brazen” doesn’t help his case.

The facts are still coming in and Hernandez isn’t guilty of anything, even destroying his own property to cover up evidence. The judicial system will convict Hernandez of any crimes he may have committed, but his peers are already judging him it seems and that’s not something Hernandez needs if he wants to continue to remain innocent in this case.

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