Our Love of Gangsters Created Aaron Hernandez
He's a byproduct of a society that glamorizes drugs, prison: Jason Whitlock
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2013 12:05 PM CDT
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, left, stands with his attorney Michael Fee, right, during arraignment in Attleboro District Court Wednesday, June 26, in Attleboro, Mass.   (AP Photo/The Sun Chronicle, Mike George, Pool)

(Newser) – The Aaron Hernandez case was "only a matter of time," writes Jason Whitlock on Fox Sports. The former NFL tight end, accused of orchestrating a murder, is the natural byproduct of a society that glamorizes gangsters and the drug and prison culture. We used to idolize Joe Montana, Babe Ruth, and Muhammad Ali. Now we idolize Tony Soprano and Jay-Z. "Hernandez saw his athletic gifts as a platform to represent where he was from, not where he hoped to go," Whitlock writes. "He repped the 860. He kept it real. He stayed true to his boyz from the 'hood. He mimicked the mindset of the pop-culture icons we celebrate today."

Today's athletes "covet the rebellious and marketable gangster persona," so they tote guns and do drugs. Hernandez is not accused of a crime of passion, but one of simple, volatile street violence. Athletes of the past had no need to get street cred; they were already on top of the world. Now, though, they're flocking to a sports agency run by none other than Jay-Z—"an unrepentant, flamboyant former drug dealer [who] has the White House, President Obama-stamped seal of approval." Click for Whitlock's full column.

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Jul 6, 2013 4:49 AM CDT
What's remarkable is not that this is an exceptionally ridiculous thing to blame on Obama, rather it's an average, run-of-the-mill, ridiculous thing to blame on Obama.Jason Whitlock might make the top 100 most ridiculous Obama-blame postings of the year, but I don't think he'll crack the top 10.
Jul 6, 2013 4:40 AM CDT
Muhammad Ali was a "red white and blue sports star"? LOL, Jason Whitlock needs to talk to his parents about that one. There was nobody, and I mean nobody, who was more hated by the sixties equivalent to today's Fox demographic.
Jul 4, 2013 11:44 PM CDT
Hernandez kills because he's a sociopath and idolization of any person is bad. People are just people