Let the Aaron Hernandez Prison Rape and Racist Jokes Begin

The saga surrounding the embattled football player gets more troubling by the day.

By Jamilah King Jun 24, 2013

NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez is still at the center of an ongoing murder investigation in suburban Boston. Exactly one week ago, the body of a 27-year-old acquaintance of Hernandez’s, Odin Lloyd, was found about a mile away from the New England Patriots player’s home in North Attlesboro, Massachusetts.  Over the next several days, a cascade of damning evidence emerged pointing to Hernandez, including reports that the player destroyed his home surveillance system, hired a professional cleaning crew the day after Lloyd’s death, and delivered his cell phone to investigators "in pieces."

Things aren’t looking good for Hernandez, who overcame a troubled collegiate career at Florida to become a star with one of the NFL’s best franchises. Hernandez is of Puerto Rican descent and one of only a handful of Latino players in professional football, a fact that’s led to some sadly predictable racist backlash on Twitter.