Aaron Hernandez Isn't An Only-In-Boston Story

As soon as the jury found Aaron Hernandez guilty of murder this morning, I braced for all the bad ideas that were going to be written down. I even invented imaginary takes: the announcement of the Bruins firing their GM came about 15 minutes later, for instance—surely someone would make an ill-advised attempt to tie… » 4/15/15 5:50pm 4/15/15 5:50pm

Aaron Hernandez Found Guilty Of Murder

After more than 35 hours of deliberation, jurors convicted former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd. The jury found that Hernandez acted “with extreme atrocity or cruelty.” Pending an appeal, Hernandez faces a mandatory sentence of life without the… » 4/15/15 10:22am 4/15/15 10:22am

Records: Will Allen Tried To Dodge Being Served In Ponzi Scheme Case

The Securities and Exchange Commission* has accused former NFL cornerback Will Allen and a partner of running an approximately $31 million Ponzi scheme that lured in athletes from all four major American sports leagues. And as part of what will probably be an ongoing legal process, Allen and Susan Daub had to be… » 4/07/15 6:13pm 4/07/15 6:13pm

Bill Belichick Is Pissed The NFL Won't Adopt His Great Idea

This seems as uncontroversial as it comes: everyone, from fans to bookmakers to players and coaches and officials alike, just wants the NFL to get calls right. So why is there so much resistance to Bill Belichick's long-fought attempts to have cameras permanently installed on every field's boundary lines? The owners… » 3/26/15 9:38am 3/26/15 9:38am

Is Aaron Hernandez Good At Murder? A Deadspin Debate

Earlier today, Diana published a thoughtful look at how Aaron Hernandez's well documented recklessness and stupidity likely will not stop him from getting away with murder. The seed of that post was an internal debate among Deadspin staff about whether Aaron Hernandez is good or bad at murder, and what it means to… » 3/25/15 2:07pm 3/25/15 2:07pm

The Time Aaron Hernandez Peed On A Cab And Told Off A Reporter

The MMQB's Greg Bedard, who was a Boston Globe reporter on the Patriots beat during the seasons that Aaron Hernandez was on the team, has written an essay about his time spent covering Hernandez, and it includes one scene that begins with Hernandez pissing all over a running taxi cab and ends with the big tight end… » 3/25/15 12:18pm 3/25/15 12:18pm

Aaron Hernandez Is An Idiot, But He Still Might Get Away With Murder

You can get away with murder, you know. It's just easier for those of us who don't murder not to think about it. To some extent, it's baked into the system, one designed in theory (though not always in practice) to start out with a presumption of innocence. The other factors that come in usually do nothing more or… » 3/25/15 11:06am 3/25/15 11:06am

Report: Jets File Retaliatory Tampering Charges Against The Patriots

According to ProFootballTalk, the Jets filed tampering charges today against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who spoke at the NFL owners meetings yesterday about former-Patriot and current-Jet Darrelle Revis. Kraft told CSNNE that the Patriots made two competitive offers to Revis and had hoped to retain him,… » 3/24/15 9:49pm 3/24/15 9:49pm

The Colts' New Rule Proposal: Touchdown Drives Worth Up To Nine Points

The NFL's Competition Committee plans to discuss proposals for rule changes with team owners at meetings next week, and this year, there's a particularly fun idea submitted by the Colts: If a team scores a touchdown, then successfully goes for two points, it can kick a bonus 50-yard field goal for one more point. » 3/18/15 3:33pm 3/18/15 3:33pm