Just when you thought the Aaron Hernandez story couldn't get any more shocking or absurd, Tim Tebow comes in to raise the bar.
The Internet may not survive.
The Orlando Sentinel's Iliana Limon Romero reports that Tebow once played peacemaker between his former Florida Gator teammate and a bouncer.
Per Gainesville police records, a brief fracas broke out between the 17-year-old Hernandez and a bouncer who was trying to get a minor to pay for two drinks that he purchased.
For his troubles, police records state Hernandez slugged the bouncer in the head, rupturing his eardrum:
A waitress at The Swamp bar allegedly brought Hernandez two "alcoholic drinks," which he consumed but refused to pay for. That's when Hernandez got into a fight with a bouncer at the bar.
Hernandez told police [bouncer Michael] Taphorn got in his face and began yelling at him. As Taphorn turned to walk away, Hernandez punched him in the side of the head.
Taphorn reportedly didn't seek immediate medical attention, but it was later found that his eardrum had burst, an injury that usually mandates four to six weeks to heal.
Police weren't able to find Hernandez right after the fight but did get a statement from the man who would cause NFL fans to lose their collective minds seven years after the incident:
“Tebow stated that he witnessed the dispute,” the officer wrote. “…Tebow stated that he went over to try to help resolve the conflict.”
Tebow went on to say he urged Hernandez to leave peacefully and tried to make arrangements to pay the bill.
A couple hours later, police managed to spot the tight end along with Tebow. The report also states both players informed their head coach at the time, Urban Meyer, of the incident.
I would imagine Tebow is a great person to have around if you need someone to vouch for you after a bar fight.
The only remaining piece of information from the 2007 incident seems to be that officers recommended the former Florida standout be charged with a felony.
Alas, this is a story without a concrete ending. The report states all juvenile records are sealed, giving us very little closure to an odd cameo by Tebow in the biggest NFL story of the year.
As has been widely reported, Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder and an assortment of other charges stemming from the death of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. If that weren't enough, The Boston Globe reports Hernandez is also under investigation for a double homicide back in 2012.
As all of this stunning news gradually turns into a trial, a great many parts of Hernandez's past are hitting the web, painting a grim picture of a man once revered by innumerable NFL fans.
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