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July 25, 2013

History Buried... Hernandez brick removed

Aaron Hernandez was an Associated Press All-American tight end for the Gators in 2009. His brick, honoring said accomplishment, was removed by the University of Florida on Thursday morning. 

Just a day after New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick officially condemned Hernandez, Florida too is now erasing any memory of the troubled star.

Hernandez awaits trial in Massachusetts on first-degree murder charges for the execution-style shooting of Odin Lloyd.

UF journalism professor Ted Spiker first reported the brick removal, and later the University Athletic Association released an official statement (via Julie Quittner, GTN News).

AH brick

“We didn’t feel it was appropriate to celebrate Aaron Hernandez. We put together an immediate plan after the initial news broke to remove his likeness and name in various private and public areas in the facility, such as the South Endzone team area, locker room, football offices, Heavener Complex Kornblau Lobby and the brick display entrance to the football facility.

“We were able to implement some changes immediately and this (brick removal) was a more complex process to complete with our vendors.

“The plan was to have everything completed before the end of July.” (emphasis mine)

Was the UAA’s decision appropriate or premature? After all (as many have pointed out), OJ Simpson still has a bronze bust in Canton, OH.

To me, this isn’t a guilty or innocent dilemma, but rather a proactive move by an institution distancing itself (via advertising, showcasing, whatever you want to call it) from an alleged murder.

Don't worry Gator fans, the 2008 banners won't be coming down. 

What do ya’ll think?

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