Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer on the set of ESPN before the 2013 BCS Championship game against the between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Urban Meyer: Don’t Blame Florida Or Myself For Aaron Hernandez


There were allegations surfacing after Aaron Hernandez’s arrest that said Florida protected Hernandez from trouble instead of him learning. There were allegations that he had failed multiple drug tests and that he was involved in a 2007 shooting incident.

Former Florida head coach has been publicly avoiding talking about Hernandez, but he has now commented on it

“Prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim,” Meyer texted The Columbus Dispatch and also The Gainesville Sun. “Relating or blaming these serious charges to the University of Florida, myself or our staff is wrong and irresponsible.”

“I just received an email from a friend where there is an accusation of multiple failed drug tests by Hernandez covered up by University of Florida or the coaching staff. This is absolutely not true,” Meyer texted. “Hernandez was held to the same drug testing policy as every other player.”

“He was an athlete at Florida 4-7 yrs ago and there are some comments being made that are not correct,” Meyer wrote. “Our staff, myself and our families worked very hard to mentor and guide (Hernandez).”

Later he acknowledged the Hernandez 2007 shooting rumors.

From NFL.com:

In a later conversation with The Sun, Meyer talked about the 2007 shooting. Meyer said that an assistant told him the players were questioned as witnesses, and “I didn’t think about it again until a couple of days ago.”

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