Mastermind and noted deep-thinker Geraldo Rivera has decided to provide unsolicited analysis of the NFL’s “gang problem” in the wake of the Aaron Hernandez first-degree murder charge (because, of course, it would be impossible to discuss the issue without his unparalleled insightful commentary). Not surprisingly, his statements were ignorant, offensive, and juvenile.
Rivera, in an appearance on Fox News, said that the NFL has a “jungle ethos” (yeah, he actually said that) that is in dire need of correction. He didn’t stop there, sadly. He went on to imply that there are “tons” of players in the NFL who grew up without fathers, saying that the league doesn’t do enough to correct the attitudes of young “ghetto” players.
Rivera went on to bring in Tim Tebow, because of course:
Ironically [Hernandez was] a college classmate at the University of Florida of Tim Tebow — ironic, why? Because Tim Tebow, probably the most religious, straight-shooting ballplayer in the league. And Aaron Hernandez, a kid, an ex-hoodlum. You can take the kid out of the hood, you can’t take the hood out of the kid. He was a Bristol Blood, he was a gang banger.
Also of concern to Rivera are the gang tattoos sported by Aaron Hernandez, because ink-on-flesh is definitely a vile menace we must work as a society to overcome.