22 Jun 2013
We've had a number of complaints from readers about the fact that we have not yet put up a thread to discuss Aaron Hernandez's legal problems. Readers were kind enough to thread-jack a discussion of the Houston Texans running game in order to accuse us of ignoring the Hernandez case due to our pro-Patriots bias. If you have made this complaint, I recommend you read our FAQ page which plainly spells out which team every FO staff member roots for so that you know how to properly accuse us of bias.
The reason we had not put up a thread linking to any story about the Hernandez case is that we generally have a rule that we do not post Extra Points on allegations of misconduct. There simply are too many allegations to post on every single one, and often those allegations have no actual on-field ramifications. We made a decision that we would only post XP once it was clear that a player's legal problems would definitely affect his availability to play. This explains the accusations that FO showed pro-Pats bias by posting a link about Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg but not about Hernandez; when Burress shot himself, it also made him unavailable to the team for the rest of the season. The same goes with Josh Price-Brent's drunk-driving crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown. However, to give another example, you'll notice there was no post when Adam Jones got into trouble (yet again) a couple weeks ago.
Nonetheless, we'll put up a thread here to discuss the ever-evolving legal case because there's nothing that annoys me more than the constant accusations of pro-Patriots bias, and because Jason Lisk was nice enough to write a good article at The Big Lead pointing out how historically significant the turnover in Tom Brady's receivers will be if Hernandez does not play this year. That's the article that's linked above rather than any news article about whether they are searching Hernandez's doghouse or whatever.
If you have been looking for a place to write about how you think that the New England Patriots are horrible people, here you go. And if you have been looking for a place to talk about whether Jake Ballard can come back from microfracture surgery and how much he can fill Hernandez's role if asked, well, you've got that too. Enjoy.
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