Add peace maker to Tim Tebow’s resume. According to the most recent report that was dug up about former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez’s past, Tebow tried to break up a “violent bar fight” that involved Hernandez when the two were players at the University of Florida.
Hernandez was a 17-year-old freshman at the time of the incident, which included underage drinking and haymakers causing broken bones.
From the report, courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel:
A waitress at The Swamp bar allegedly brought Hernandez two “alcoholic drinks,” which he consumed but refused to pay for. That’s when Hernandez got into a fight with a bouncer at the bar.
Hernandez told police [bouncer Michael] Taphorn got in his face and began yelling at him. As Taphorn turned to walk away, Hernandez punched him in the side of the head.
Taphorn declined medical treatment but the next day doctors discovered his right ear drum had burst and the injury would take four to six weeks to heal.
“Tebow stated that he witnessed the dispute,” the officer wrote. “… Tebow stated that he went over to try to help resolve the conflict.”
Hernandez was not charged in the incident, but he was apparently “very polite and professional” when speaking to law enforcement officials.
It is just the latest incident from Hernandez’s troubled past that has been brought to light and we expect there will be many more to come. Hernandez obviously has a very violent past that includes shooting people in the face at night clubs (allegedly) and getting in to domestic disputes with his fiance. The fact that he would punch a bouncer after receiving alcoholic beverages as a 17-year-old comes as no surprise to anyone.
The real question is, “who the hell serves a 17-year-old alcohol?” I guess we know why Hernandez came through the Florida ranks feeling entitled.