You are probably familiar with the story that Tom Brady found Robert Kraft after being drafted and told him he just made the best decision ever and that he won’t regret it. Well Aaron Hernandez has a similar story about being drafted by the New England Patriots.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft addressed reporters from ESPNBoston.com, The Boston Globe and Boston Herald in his office for 40-minutes. It was the first time he addressed the ongoing situation with Aaron Hernandez and he shared a story.
Kraft then shared a letter written by Hernandez before the 2010 draft in which Hernandez addressed his alleged use of marijuana at the University of Florida and agreed to biweekly drug tests throughout his rookie season if the Patriots drafted him. Hernandez also agreed to tie any guaranteed portion of his 2010 compensation to drug tests.
“I ask you to trust me when I say you have absolutely nothing to worry about when it comes to me and the use of recreational drugs,” Hernandez wrote on the letterhead of the agency that represented him, Athletes First. “I have set very high goals for myself in the NFL and am focused 100 percent on achieving those goals.”
The Patriots drafted Hernandez in the fourth round that year, 113th overall, an area where Kraft said the team has taken risks with players in the past.
As for the level of risk with Hernandez, Kraft said, “The only thing I was aware of was in this letter.” He added that Hernandez was “putting his money where his mouth was” by agreeing to reimburse the team for part of his contract if a drug test was failed.