Not surprisingly, upon his arrest Hernandez was immediately let go by the Patriots, and Sportscenter started to look more like Dateline, with nonstop coverage and up to the minute details of the troubled player’s apprehension and arraignment.
While it’s too early to make heads or tails of what really happened, there seems to be a mountain of circumstantial evidence against Hernandez, including video footage of him with the victim, and the fact that he very recently decided to destroy his cell phone and home security tapes.
If convicted, Hernandez will face life in prison, a prospect that unfortunately, many high profile athletes have faced before.
5 Robert Rozier
A former pro football player with the St. Louis Cardinals, Robert Rozier became involved with the black supremacy cult known as “The Brotherhood,” founded by Yahweh Ben Yahweh in the 1980s. The cult leader reportedly encouraged his followers to kill a “white devil,” and Rozier did just that. Rozier admitted to killing seven people in his testimony against Ben Yahweh and was eventually released into the witness protection program after serving ten years. He was later convicted of check forgery, and is currently serving time.
4 Ray Lewis
When a fight broke out near an Atlanta club following the 2000 Super Bowl, two men were left stabbed to death and three men were indicted, one of which was Baltimore Ravens linebacker, Ray Lewis. Initially charged with murder and held without bail, Lewis was eventually acquitted, and charged only with obstruction of justice in exchange for his testimony against his two companions who were believed to have perpetrated the crime. Lewis admitted he gave a misleading statement to police the morning after the killings, but was cleared of all murder charges.
3 Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee and South African track star known worldwide for what he accomplished on two fiberglass prosthetic legs, suddenly became known for something entirely different in February of 2013. The man called the “Blade Runner,” was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, after authorities were called to his home and discovered the bullet-riddled body of his girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius’ trial is still on going.
2 Rubin Carter
In what is still known as one of the most famous wrongful convictions in US history, professional middleweight boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter was arrested in connection with a triple murder back in 1966. The boxer was convicted, twice, in what was painted as a racially motivated crime that hinged on the testimony of two criminal witnesses that were later revealed to have received reduced sentences and money for their testimony. In 1985, the ruling was finally overturned and Carter was released from prison.
1 O.J. Simpson
As one of the greatest college and pro football running backs in the history of the game, O.J. Simpson will forever be remembered more for his involvement in the deaths of Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ron Goldman. In 1994, with his playing career long over, the Hall of Famer was back in the news facing what seemed like unimaginable accusations; that he had murdered his ex-wife, as well as her friend. Thanks to a dream team of lawyers and a trial not short on controversy, Simpson was acquitted, but would later be convicted of wrongful death in civil court. He is currently serving time for kidnapping and armed robbery.