December 4, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Cincinnati Bengals safetyReggie Nelson
(20) in pass coverage against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 35-7. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE
New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez’s NFL career and freedom is looking very dire at this point, as the former Florida Gator is being charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd.
If you recall, Hernandez was one of the best tight ends entering the 2010 NFL Draft. Hernandez, however, fell to the 4th round, and was drafted 113th overall by New England Patriots due to multiple failed drug tests, as well as his name coming up in police investigations.
Apparently, one of those investigations involved a 2007 shooting that left two men wounded, when Hernandez was a college freshman, and it involved current Cincinnati Bengals safety Reggie Nelson:
"(Randall) Cason, then 20, told police that shooter was a “Hawaiian” or “Hispanic” male who had a large muscular build, stood about 6-foot-3 or 6-foot-4, weighed about 230 or 240 pounds and had a lot of tattoos. Cason said there was also a black male with the shooter, and Cason identified the black male as Reggie Nelson, a former Florida Gator who was a rookie with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Nelson, in an interview with the Gainesville police, said he had been at the nightclub earlier but denied he was even on the same street as the shooting.“As they were waiting for the light to change, the Hawaiian football player and Reggie Nelson walked up to their car on the right side,” according to the police report, which cited what Cason told detectives. “Then without saying a work [sic], the Hawaiian pointed a small handgun in the front right window and fired five quick shots. Cason saw Smith slump over with blood coming out of the back of the head, at which time the Hawaiian and Nelson took off running towards McDonald’s.”"
You can read the full story here. With this having occurred so far back, Nelson is unlikely to be in any kind of trouble with the law or the NFL, and hopefully he has changed for the better in the 6 years since.
But then again, you can see how much Hernandez has failed to change his destructive lifestyle since then.