Eager to Learn,
I find it odd that anyone would think it was wrong for the Patriots to get rid of a player who shot a man in the face, destroyed murder evidence, is being charged with executing one man & may have killed 2 others a year ago, but was behind the Vikings getting rid of Harvin because he tossed a weight in Childress' direction after he accused him of faking his migraine headaches, yelled at Frazier a couple of times, wanted to be paid what he was worth & gave 100% on the field without "taking plays off".
You write that Hernandez has earlier been found guilty of shooting a man in the face. I didn't know that. If I were the Patriots I'd probably cut him right there and then. Now I can definitely understand why the Patriots had enough, even if he hasn't been found guilty of murder yet.
You don't have to be found guilty to violate the terms of conduct with a company. Just associating with the wrong people or putting yourself into a bad situation that reflects poorly on the organization is enough to trigger a justified release.
I believe the phrase is conduct detrimental to the team
Instant news and high volumes of information also means that opinions are formed quicker. We don't have TIME to wait for due process anymore because the "next big crisis" is just a channel click away.
Did George Zimmerman kill Trayvon Martin in cold blood or self-defense...CLICK
Did James Holmes shoot up that theater because he's crazy or just sick....CLICK
Did Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother REALLY set off those bombs or were they set up....CLICK
Did Aaron Hernandez kill that guy and those other people as well...CLICK
Did Hillary Clinton know about the security deficiencies in Benghazi, or was she just incompetent ...CLICK
Did Ariel Castro really abduct 3 women and keep them for 10 years and NO ONE in his family knew...CLICK
And the list goes on....
EVERY item listed above was thrown around the news networks and internet WELL before anything even got to the initial court appearance....and in almost EVERY case, people have already made up their minds. Do we have ALL the facts? Nope. But in almost every case, we've already moved on.
The fact is, as has already been stated, just based upon the fact that SO much suspicion has been heaped upon this guy, with SO many incriminating elements coming forth day after day, it seems pretty clear that even if he didn't pull the trigger himself, he was involved somehow.
Further, this is a guy who was PRIVILEGED to play in the NFL and earn an income GROSSLY disproportionate to his societal contributions. As such, ANY behavior that even remotely falls outside the lines is jumped on HARD. it goes with the turf. Something he should have been aware of.
Of course, he also should have been aware of the notion that we don't run around shooting people we disagree with.....