August 18, 2011; Tampa, FL, USA; New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) reacts after he scored a touchdown during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Gators May Have Paid Off Restaurant Manager in Aaron Hernandez Bar Fight


As reports continue to surface about former New England Patriots and Florida Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez’s violent past, one of the stories involved an alleged bar fight when Hernandez was a 17-year-old freshman at the University of Florida.

Hernandez allegedly decked a restaurant manager with a blow that ruptured the man’s ear drum. No charges stemmed from the incident and it appears that Hernandez may have the university to thank.

According to a USA Today report, the Gators may have been involved in reaching a settlement with the bar manager.

From the report:

Taphorn declined immediate medical treatment, but when he was examined the next day by doctors, they discovered that his right ear drum had been broken, an injury that would take four to six weeks to heal, the incident report said.

Curiously, police said Taphorn was adamant about pressing charges when he first spoke to officers, but when police followed up with Taphorn, he told them “that he may request the charges be dropped,” an investigator wrote in the supplemental report. He added: “Taphorn did state that he had been contacted by legal staff and coaches with UF and that they may be working on an agreement. However, nothing is finalized.”\

Although police recommended a felony assault charge against Hernandez, a juvenile at the time, no charge was lodged.

UF spokesman Steve McClain denies that anyone from the university was involved in a settlement, while the manager, Michael Taphorn, denied ever working at the restaurant and knowing about the incident.

The more we learn about Hernandez, the more we understand why he slid in the NFL Draft despite his first-round talent.

Hernandez was a troubled kid before he ever enrolled at Florida and he was obviously never held accountable for any of his mistakes.

In the end, that hurt Hernandez the most. He has likely walked his last day as a free man as he awaits trial for the murder of his 27-year-old acquaintance Odin Lloyd.

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  • Lee

    That’s what happens when good ppl try to cover up for the bad, it started out a bar fight and ended with this guy killing someone. Give his ass the death penalty just like back in the day if u stole something ur hands got cut off so u wouldn’t steal. Well if you kill you should be killed. Y let taxpayers spend money on his sorry ass for the next 60 years he made his choices let him get the consequences.

    • joshmillerphoto

      Massachusetts has no death penalty to “give.” Plus, it costs more to execute someone than it does to keep them alive for the rest of their life. He’ll get what he deserves.

      • Joe

        Link to cost difference between slaying and staying?

  • MARK

    Urb, Urb, Urb…..Sabans an asshole, Spurrier is a arrogant asshole, Les Miles is an idiot…..but all of these guys are frank about it! You on the other hand are a smug hippocrate that drops a program that you helped wreck…..only after riding the coattails of arguably the best college football players and finest human beings in history. Anyone that has been a victim of Aaron Hernandez’s violence has you to at least partially thank…their blood is for sure indirectly on your hands…..I only hope that the recruits parents that you are trying to bring to Columbus realize that the environment that you are willing to allow their children to live in is one that could cost them their life, but hey maybe you will get a NC before someone else has to die, then you can quit and go on TV and talk about the need to clean up college football…..you are an ass.