Twitter’s Reaction to Aaron Hernandez Death Is Extraordinarily Mixed
How, exactly, do you categorize the death of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez?
That’s a very tough question.
Hernandez was pronounced dead Wednesday morning after officials in the prison where he was serving a life sentence for murder.
While his death is being ruled a suicide, Hernandez’s former agent threw some serious doubt into the matter:
Absolutely no chance he took his own life. Chico was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life.
— Brian Murphy (@A1Murph) April 19, 2017
Naturally, the twittersphere has been buzzing as the news broke that Hernandez has died. And the opinions run the gamut, from sympathy to smug satisfaction to humor, shining a light on just how complex this matter truly is. The word “tragedy” has come up a lot in this story — whether to describe what happened to Odin Lloyd — the man he was found guilty of murdering — Hernandez’s family, which includes a four-year-old daughter or Hernandez himself, whose talent on the football field was obscured by legal troubles.
So, how do you characterize Hernandez’s death? While you ponder that, check out some tweets below.
Interesting how the Facebook killer is a coward for committing suicide but Aaron Hernandez is a 'tragedy' because he could play football.
— Zach Gordon (@ZGordz) April 19, 2017
Here's a pic of Tom Brady congratulating Aaron Hernandez for killing several innocent people. pic.twitter.com/rsT40H24Ph
— Ian Rapoport (@Sp0rtsTalkJoey) April 19, 2017
Aaron Hernandez choked even harder than the Falcons.
— B. Miller (@BlaiseInKC) April 19, 2017
Roger Goodell issues fine to bedsheet for targeting Aaron Hernandez
— Evil Mike Tomlin (@EvilMikeTomlin) April 19, 2017
I get that Aaron Hernandez was a murderer but "joking" about suicide no matter WHO, isn't cool. The guy has a daughter, no joke to her.
— James (@SportsTakeJames) April 19, 2017
Ironically most of your Aaron Hernandez jokes make me want to kill myself.
— Matt Fernandez (@FattMernandez) April 19, 2017
I'm not giving Aaron Hernandez sympathy but it's still sad how sometimes the ones who look the strongest, hurt the most and no one can tell
— Selena (@ygselena) April 19, 2017
Confused on why there is so much sympathy for Aaron Hernandez
— Trey Keiffer (@Trey_Keiffer) April 19, 2017
I see a lot of people celebrating Aaron Hernandez death. Just remember his daughter, family, and his victims family are going through a lot.
— The Kurgan (@TheKurgan316) April 19, 2017
22 veterans commit suicide everyday after experiencing hell for our freedom. If only they got as much attention as murderer Aaron Hernandez
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) April 19, 2017
The life of Aaron Hernandez: Drafted at 20, multimillionaire at 22, convicted of murder at 25, dead at 27.
The life choices we make matter.
— Andrew (@discodreamdate) April 19, 2017
I think it's messed up that football fans are mourning a murderer today. I have no sympathy for Aaron Hernandez.
— Murph (@themurphman14) April 19, 2017
Right or wrong Aaron Hernandez had a family who did care for him, as did his victim. I hope for peace on both of the families.
— CDot (@CCThornton_) April 19, 2017
the Aaron Hernandez story is truly a tragedy.. from beginning to end
— princess belle (@urbandoll) April 19, 2017