Letters to the Editor

Hernandez a fallen star

The late former New England Patriots star Aaron Fernandez was a troubled teenager when he arrived at the University of Florida.

Coming from a dysfunctional family, a football scholarship was his best chance to rise above his troubled childhood.

What he learned, however, was that he could get away with anything as long as he was a star on the field. Football fans who paid big legal fees to keep him out of jail and on the field enabled his bad behavior.

Well-meaning folks failed to teach him the right lessons about life and where it might have taken him.

The final failure? When prison authorities left Hernandez in a cell with implements for self-destruction.

Hanging-by-sheet is not an unknown phenomenon, so another failure ended his troubled, wasted life. Sad.

Jim Crowder, Miami

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