A photo contest by the Pro Football Hall of Fame that was held in 2010 determined a picture of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers was the greatest photograph from that season, so the picture was on display in Canton.
Unfortunately for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the recent murder charges that Hernandez is facing has caused many of fans who where visiting to take issue with the picture.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, many fans asked for the photo to be removed and it was.
“In the spirit of good taste we thought we’d take it down,” said Hall of Fame’s vice president of communication and exhibits Joe Horrigan.
It’s hard to say it was the right move to remove a piece of history from display because of an instance off the field, but when you look at the great lengths that the NFL and New England Patriots have been going through to distance themselves from Hernandez, it is easy to understand why they felt it was necessary to make the move.
One day Hernandez may be acquitted and his photo can return to the Hall of Fame, but with the evidence the court is mounting against him, it doesn’t look good.