Since Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested, dropped from the team and subsequently charged with murder, predictably dark stories from his past emerged. The framing of a character began in order for us to get an idea as to how this came to be. How did people die either by his hand or otherwise? What’s happening just as predictably is the pervasive blame assessed to those who aided or idly stood by Hernandez during his ascension, entry and tenure in the NFL. Among those: Urban Meyer and Bob Kraft – the former Florida Gators and current head football coach at Ohio State and the revered owner of the New England Patriots.

How can we recognize the signs and prevent something like this from ever happening again?

What we can take away so far is that Urban Meyer who, like Kraft, deserves absolutely no blame for the deaths of these victims, should share some accountability by answering questions about how could we could have missed such dark and disturbing personality traits. I don’t want to act like judge and jury on his guilt or innocence; however, we can all agree that this is a bad guy whether he committed murder or not. It’s a matter of degree of evil.

Kraft has come out remorsefully on not knowing the man he drafted thoroughly. The man he employed. Kraft was either apathetic or ignorant when it came to picking this young man to be a part of his franchise. He may not have known about the fight at the club in which Hernandez had a dispute over a bill and punched a club worker in the head blasting his ear drum. Or about the drug suspensions and gang ties. So either the Patriots’ vetting process is deplorable or Kraft just didn’t care. But at least he is taking some questions and giving answers. Urban Meyer has chosen not to – as of yet.

Urban, you need to answer these questions. Did you know of Hernandez’s gang affiliations when you recruited him or while he attended Florida? Did you know about the club incident? If you did, what was the discipline, if any? If not, how didn’t you know? You cannot take credit for everything good that happens to your teams then assume no responsibility for the bad. You have received rings and big contracts as rewards, so you are culpable. That doesn’t work. And if you believe it’s unfair, well, so is life. Just ask Odin Lloyd.

Aaron Hernandez had serious character issues before and while he was at the University of Florida and it obviously continued in New England. Presently (as this is being written) the NTSB is looking at every single angle of the Asiana plane crash in San Francisco. Did the pilots have enough sleep? Were they on medication? Were they drinking? Where were they the night before? And on and on and on. This is what we do so that we can understand and, God-willing, prevent it in the future. What is it? Tragedy. There are casualties in this saga involving Aaron Hernandez. It is yet unknown if he was directly involved – however there is some involvement.

In order to make sure we are doing everything to ensure all preventative measures are taken, answer the questions, Urban.