Posted June 30, 2013

Ex-Pat Deion Branch defends Aaron Hernandez: ‘Aaron is a great guy’

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Ex-Patriots receiver Deion Branch (84) said of Aaron Hernandez, “I love him to death.” (Al Bello/Getty Images)

While the NFL and the Patriots have taken steps to distance themselves from ex-Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez following his murder charge, on Saturday former New England receiver Deion Branch became the first player to defend Hernandez.

Branch, who spent seven seasons with the Patriots and lives across the street from Hernandez in North Attleborough, Mass., told the Albany Herald that Hernandez is a “great guy” and he was “shocked” to hear of the murder charge.

Branch’s comments to the Herald during his eighth annual Skills and Drills camp offer an opposing view to those of former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light, who said earlier this week that teammates “never embraced” Hernandez.

From the report:

“Aaron is a great guy and a great friend of mine and a great teammate,” Branch told The Herald “I love him to death, and it was shocking to hear his name involved in this situation. I truly hope and pray he doesn’t have any dealings with it.”

On Saturday, Branch didn’t have anything negative to say about Hernandez.

“That’s my guy, man,” Branch said of Hernandez. “That’s my guy. It really shocked me. He was a great kid. Overall, I hope the best that he isn’t involved with it and I hope he gets his name cleared, but most importantly I send my prayers and condolences out to the Lloyd family.”

Branch said there was nothing in his association with Hernandez on or off the field that led him to believe he was capable of murder, but details recently emerging from Hernandez’s past seem to suggest otherwise.

On Friday, a third suspect in connection with the murder was arrested, while the Patriots began offering free exchanges on Hernandez jerseys.

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83 comments
ct39
ct39

"Aaron is a great guy and teammate!"  Just ask Wes Welker!  Deion, watch the videos of Aaron in court NOT surprised or even uncomfortable being there.   Now would be a great time to shut up and stop defending that P.O.S.! 

BMase
BMase

I agree with Deion.  Clearly, Aaron is innocent, he was playing golf with OJ at the time.

oldwhiteguy
oldwhiteguy

Aaron is a great guy and shooting people in the face shouldn't diminish that fact.

Bussman24
Bussman24

Birds of a feather flock together...

If that's true, thanks Mom, then maybe now is not the time to have Hernandez's back.....

Ciscos
Ciscos

Just curious, but do inmates in Mass still make license plates?  I'm just wondering how that works to go from a multimillion dollar contract to 38 cents a day, of which, they'll be restitution payments deducted from his pay.

K-Jun
K-Jun

Maybe Deion Branch is of the same mold. Possibly he used Hernandez as a hit man so likes him to DEATH. Liken him to death is a better phrase. 

Maybe in time he will go to Hell with Hernandez then then the two Buds can roast together. Sure the Lloyd family appreciates receiving your condolences. 

HalleBellee
HalleBellee

great guy....a sociopath that has committed multiple murders. lol

jcd1992
jcd1992

Professional athletes should be required to watch Dave Chappelle's skit "When keeping it real goes wrong"

Gabriel5
Gabriel5

I guess the apple doesn't fall that far from the Branch either.

Mike26
Mike26

Hey, all you Hernandez haters just remember something:  this man has more street cred than any of you internet thugs will EVER dream of having - and THAT is what matters you law-abiding losers!

Ciscos
Ciscos

Well thank you Deion Branch.  I mean where would Aaron Hernandez be without your ringing endorsement that he's a "great guy!"  I'm pretty sure as the trial approaches, we'll discover that Hernandez was an anonymous donor to various charities, that he helped little old ladies cross the street and how he once climbed a 6 foot tree to retrieve a kitten for a little girl selling sidewalk lemonade without a permit.  We'll hear that Hernandez was a great teammate and how he mentored new players on the Patriots roster.  He'll be a living breathing halo in a blue jumpsuit and shackles. 

Deion Branch is no more a judge of character than Hernandez was in his associations.  I'm sure Hernandez was great in the locker room, an awesome teammate and competitor, but that obviously didn't define who he truly was with the friends he associated himself with.

We're told not to judge a book by it's cover, but at the same time if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then it's probably a duck.  Aaron Hernandez meet duck.

Publishing Branch's comments was nothing more than filler, but even more - typical.  So move on, there's nothing more to see here.

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips

Yep, great guy and good friend. If you talk to somebody at a club he doesn't want you to talk to he kills you! Just my kind of man!

John4
John4

It's like the scene on Patriot Games, (the movie, not where the football team cheats) and the actor President replies to a question:  "A friend"?  "No, he's a good friend".  Something like that.  

John4
John4

Noted Patriots fluffer and superfan, Mark McClure did some research.  He noted that all of Hernandez' suspected killings came AFTER Spygate.  How is that possible?

John4
John4

Branch is right.  Hernandez IS a great guy!  If you're not the one who pisses him off and gets killed by him a few days later!

Pete20
Pete20

wow

guess I dont know Deion Branch that well either

tfaw
tfaw

Exhibit A of what is wrong with the NFL and the thugs that play the game.  Branch is simply reaffirming the standards and expectations of the players.  

vilesoul
vilesoul

Most of you realize that he's talking from his own opinion on someone that has been his friend for years right?  That's like one of us hainvg a good friend, saying we cant believe one of our good friends murdered someone, we couldn't believe it, and we never even thought they would be capable of it.. There is nothing wrong with what he said, and they did take his quotes out of context to try and make it sound worse than it was.. But it wasn't even bad to begin with. Most of you are complete morons. Get real.

MikePearson
MikePearson

If a friend was a possible murderer, I think I'd skip making public comments.

Bussman24
Bussman24

@K-Jun "Sure the Lloyd family appreciates receiving your condolences"....

Couldn't have said it better myself!!

pandah462
pandah462

@K-JunThat's productive.  You must be a riot at social gatherings.

pandah462
pandah462

@jcd1992 Yeah, because watching satirical humor is going to set them straight.  Dunce.

donald5
donald5

@Mike26 I'm just curious but outside the thug world (and the thug wannabees like Mike26), who exactly gives a crap about "street cred"?  Where exactly do you cash that street credit in?  Seems like he is trading it in for an orange jump suit.  Congrats... good for you...   After dying in a prison hospital surrounded by murderers, rapist and thieves after a life-time prison sentence, they can put on his tombstone "Here lies Aaron Hernandez... he had more "street cred" than you internet losers".  Man am I jealous.

Mel
Mel

@Mike26  LOLOL seriously? I never tried to be an "internet thug" and sure as hell am not interested in being a thug period. As for his street cred, lot of good that will do him. He was  making millions and his street cred is gonna get put away for life. How wonderful.

Indybeck
Indybeck

@Ciscos Exactly. Well said. Here's my favorite part, "Overall, I hope the best that he isn’t involved with it" LMAO apparently Branch has not seen the boatloads of evidence the rest of the world has...

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@Ciscos you do realize someone asked him a question and he answered it right? you act like he's standing on a podium shouting to anyone who will hear him. 

Ciscos
Ciscos

@101philosopha101 Yup... right up until you incriminate yourself by willfully destroying evidence. lol.

Indybeck
Indybeck

@vilesoul What he said seemed honest of what he knows of his friend. As far as the, "Overall, I hope the best that he isn’t involved with it" statement, if he has seen the evidence the rest of the world has seen then he is most definitely involved in it.

John4
John4

@RichardHernandez For a minute I thought you meant George Zimmer, the old guy from The Men's Wearhouse.  Then I thought, what's wrong with him?  But you mean the killer in Florida.  That makes sense.  

vilesoul
vilesoul

@RichardHernandez I cant tell if you're being sarcastic or not. If you've followed the George Zimmerman case at all you can see how bad the media has tried to spin it and how the witnesses against Zimmerman are falling apart.. Oh yeah, they show how a pciture of a little 13 year old black boy was supposedly beat up.. Yet, he was really 17 at the time, with a history of problems/violence and roughly the same size of Zimmerman.

Keep drinking the kool-aid fool.

jcd1992
jcd1992

@pandah462 @jcd1992 Clearly you have no concept of the Extended Parallel Process Model which uses emotion to enhance the retention and comprehension of serious messages. Nobody will be set straight, however, more time may be spent thinking about the consequences of their planned behavior. Dunce.

Ciscos
Ciscos

@Mel @Mike26 ~ It sounded like Mike was using some sarcastic humor.  I read his posts before. He's not that daft.

Ciscos
Ciscos

@ITATTRACTS @Ciscos ~ Someone asked Light about Hernandez and he had a completely different opinion. So what's your point?  You hear anyone else from the Patriots endorsing that guy? Current or former players?  Sounds like you were looking for reason to flop your fingers across your keyboard. 

schorert
schorert

@vilesoul @RichardHernandez Yeah, and Zimmerman did not have a history of confrontations like this?  He was not a cop wannabee on neighborhood watch?  He did not go hunting Treyvon Martin after police specifically told him NOT to?  Zimmerman did not have 35 similar calls to police in the prior year?  Zimmerman was a much bigger PUNK and a much bigger THREAT to the community and was MUCH better known to police than TM(and the number of murders that each committed is proof of this).

 And who the hell said that TM was 13?? Talk about spinning for your own agenda.

Treyvon Martin had done NOTHING wrong when he was approached by Zimmerman.  Treyvon had NO obligation to stop or identify himself to Zimmerman.  IF Treyvon Martin had been carrying a gun, TREYVON would have been justified in shooting Zimmerman under FL's stand your ground law., BUT since Zimmerman was the only one armed, he lives.

pandah462
pandah462

@jcd1992 @pandah462 You're absolutely right, and now that you've explained it, the concept is exponentially more absurd in this case.  Me thinks you're either in academia or some other profession where you have little to no responsibility.

schorert
schorert

@MidwestGolfFan @schorert @vilesoul @RichardHernandez You ought to try some kool aid, it might wash down that heaping helping of right-wing xenophobia you seem to gorge yourself on daily. you probably top it off with a tasty creationism sundae.

The question to ask is why did Zimmerman CONFRONT Treyvon?  As at the time the only crimes treyvon had committed were being black and walking down the street.  According to FL law, if Treyvon feels threatened does he not have a right to "stand his ground"?  Treyvon's mistake was taking a can of iced tea to a gun fight.

Zimmerman's head has wounds because he was finally getting the beating he earned from years of hassling people on his "neighborhood watch".  "authority" that he abused so routinely that the cops dismissed his calls over 30 times...including the night he stalked treyvon for having obviously stolen skittles and iced tea.

Poor George Zimmerman, that sweet innocent man....seems to me he had a similar confrontation a few years before with an undercover cop...how does this sweet little lamb keep finding trouble?  oh, he goes around looking for it. Convicted or not, Zimmerman's little charles bronson "death wish" fantasy finally caught up with Treyvon.

Remeber this midwest, when you retire to florida and you're walking home from a bar some night....that some random a-hole can roll up on you and question you with no authority...how are YOU going to react.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@schorert @vilesoul @RichardHernandez  

How's that left-wing Kool-Aid tasting on Monday, July 1?

Poor Travyon.  Such an innocent, helpless fellow.  If so, why did he attack Zimmerman?  Why not just walk away?  Why did Zimmerman's head have so many wounds?  Oh, yes.  Poor Travyon must have done that AFTER Zimmerman shot him. 

As for the pictures, vilesoul is right.  All we ever see are pictures of a wholesome-looking 13-year-old boy.  We don't see any pictures of the young man who was killed.

Don't worry.  Zimmerman will probably be convicted.  The race hustlers have far too much skin in this game to let him be found "Not Guilty."