SMH, more and more just keeps being discovered. The past of Aaron Hernandez continues to be uncovered piece by piece. While we keep finding out about past incidents, now we have another one — when Aaron was 17 years old. In 2007, Hernandez got into a bar fight and burst a man’s eardrum (this post has been updated with who broke up the fight).
Report after the jump…
According to the Wall Street Journal (yes, theWall Street Journal), Hernandez was involved in an incident only months after arriving at school, before ever playing for the Gators. A police report obtained Monday by the Journal reveals that Hernandez, who was only 17 at the time, ordered two “alcoholic drinks” at a restaurant known as The Swamp. Hernandez later claimed he hadn’t ordered the drinks.
A “verbal altercation” ensued, and Hernandez eventually was asked to leave. An employee, Michael Taphorn, escorted Hernandez out of the building. Once outside, Hernandez claimed that Taphorn “got in his face.” So, obviously, Hernandez slugged him. Taphorn suffered a ruptured eardrum.
Hernandez wasn’t arrested. Because he was underage, he most likely would have been prosecuted as a juvenile.
New details today: it seems that Tim Tebow was there, and had tried to break up the fight. Because of course, Tim Tebow. Orlando Sentinel:
When a police officer could not find Hernandez at the scene of the altercation around 1 a.m., the report states he interviewed Tebow about it.
“Tebow stated that he witnessed the dispute,” the officer wrote. “… Tebow stated that he went over to try to help resolve the conflict.”
Tebow went on to say he urged Hernandez to leave peacefully and tried to make arrangements to pay the bill.
Two hours later, another officer found Hernandez and spoke with him about the incident. Tebow was present during the interview.
Tebow was a sophomore, a couple years older than Hernandez, who was 17 at the time.