Aaron Hernandez raised red flags for NFL teams long before the now-ex New England Patriots tight end was arrested for murder, foreshadowing the abrupt end to a once-promising career.
This week Hernandez was arrested and charged with first-degree murder for the death of Odin Lloyd, an associate with whom Hernandez had a disagreement. Police claim that Hernandez orchestrated the murder, driving Lloyd to a remote location near Hernandez's home and ordering his execution.
Though a judge has placed a gag order on the case, the district attorney has shared some of the evidence against Aaron Hernandez. Police have video of him in his home with a gun, and other surveillance footage of Hernandez driving Lloyd to the remote location where his body was later found.
Aaron Hernandez was cut by the New England Patriots within hours after his arrest.
For a handful of NFL teams, it was no surprise to see his career cut short. Before the 2010 NFL Draft, several teams had concerns about his character, allowing the talented Hernandez to fall to the New England Patriots in the fourth round. Scouts also warned about the tight end's checkered past.
There were reports that he failed multiple drug tests for marijuana while at the University of Florida, and that he was open with teams at the NFL combine about his drug use in college. Other reports said Hernandez had gang ties.
There were other problems once Hernandez reached the Patriots. Team sources said his rookie year Hernandez got into a confrontation with a teammate during a weight-training session.
At least one team marked Hernandez as a player not to draft under any circumstances.
Ross Tucker, a former NFL player turned analyst for the Sports USA Network, said many were not surprised to see Hernandez in such trouble.
Tucker said: "I had a scout text me from an NFL team who said, 'You know, it doesn't always happen right away, but it seems like the red flags pretty much always come back at some point.' He said, 'Nine times out of 10.' "
Aaron Hernandez faces life in prison if convicted.