Florida Removes Aaron Hernandez From Gator Walk

Florida Removes Aaron Hernandez From Gator WalkWith former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez facing murder charges stemming from the shooting death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, organizations and institutions related to Hernandez have distanced themselves from him in recent weeks. Hernandez’s alma mater is the latest party to join the trend.

‘Empty space’

According to University of Florida sports media professor Ted Spiker, the school has decided to remove a brick from campus that celebrated Hernandez’s All-American status.

The process was quick and surgical in nature; there is now no sign that Hernandez’s brick was ever there. All that remains is an empty space above offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey’s brick, according to Julie Quittner of Gainesville Television Network.

‘Innocent until proven guilty’

Hernandez received the All-American honor in 2009, when he also won the John Mackey Award as the nation’s best tight end. Hernandez reeled in 68 passes for 850 yards and five touchdowns that year, which led directly to the Patriots drafting him in the fourth round (No. 113 overall).

Hernandez is still innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, but the Patriots and Gators clearly aren’t interested in waiting around.

Do you think Aaron Hernandez is guilty in Odin Lloyd’s death? Was University of Florida right in removing Hernandez’s All-American brick of honor from the campus?

Source: Mike Chiari | Bleacher Report

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Juror B29: Zimmerman ‘Got Away With Murder’

Juror B29 Zimmerman 'Got Away With Murder'The only minority on the all-female jury that voted to acquit George Zimmerman said today that Zimmerman “got away with murder” for killing Trayvon Martin and feels she owes an apology Martin’s parents.

‘We felt he was guilty’

“You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty,” said the woman who was identified only as Juror B29 during the trial. “But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence.”

The court had sealed the jurors’ identities during the trial and still hasn’t lifted the order, but Juror B29 edged out of the shadows in an exclusive interview with “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts. She allowed her face to be shown, but — concerned for her safety — used only a first name of Maddy. The nursing assistant and mother of eight children was selected as a juror five months after she had moved to Seminole County, Fla., from Chicago.

‘Got away with murder’

Despite the prosecution’s claim the Zimmerman profiled Martin because he was black, Maddy said the case was never about race to her, although she didn’t want to speak for her fellow jurors. But her feelings about Zimmerman’s actions are clear.

“George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can’t get away from God. And at the end of the day, he’s going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with,” Maddy said. “[But] the law couldn’t prove it.”

Zimmerman concedes he shot and killed Martin in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012, but maintains he fired in self-defense.

Do you think George Zimmerman really got away with murder, or was it really just self-defense? Air out your comments via the comment box below!

Source: Alyssa Newcomb | Good Morning America, Yahoo News

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