Meyer: Hernandez murder charge not Florida related
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said it is "wrong
and irresponsible" to connect him or his former Florida staff to the
murder charge facing Aaron Hernandez.
In texts to The Columbus Dispatch and The Gainesville Sun on Saturday,
Meyer said there was no cover-up of drug tests during Hernandez's time
at Florida. Meyer coached Florida from 2005 to 2010.
These were Meyer's first comments about Hernandez after he declined to
comment earlier this week.
The coach said in the texts he "received an email from a friend where
there is an accusation of multiple failed drug tests covered up" by the
university or the coaching staff. Meyer said that is "absolutely not
true" and Hernandez was "held to the same drug testing policy as every
Hernandez played three years under Meyer at Florida. The former New
England Patriot is charged in the shooting death of semi-pro football
player Odin Lloyd. He has pleaded not guilty.
During Meyer's time with the Gators, Florida had at least 31 arrests
involving 25 players. Many involved alcohol possession and disorderly
conduct, but a dozen involved initial charges of felonies or violent
Hernandez was never arrested during his three seasons with the Gators.
He was, however, suspended for the 2008 season opener and later
acknowledged the suspension was punishment for testing positive for
In other Hernandez developments Saturday:
—Hundreds of Patriots fans traded in their No. 81 Hernandez jerseys.
The team is allowing fans to swap jerseys with the tight end's number
for a different one this weekend. The Patriots released Hernandez
shortly after his June 26 arrest.
—A man charged as an accessory in the murder case is to be arraigned
Monday in Attleboro, Mass. Ernest Wallace, of Miramar, Fla., was turned
over on Friday to Massachusetts officials.
Meyer Weighs In On Hernandez Issue
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