I have a working theory that one of the reasons that Aaron Hernandez might have engaged in criminal activity is because he had done criminal activity in the past and never was punished for it.
Case in point.
According to the police report, here’s what took place: A waitress brought Hernandez two “alcoholic drinks.” After Hernandez finished the drinks, a restaurant employee named Michael Taphorn delivered a bill. Hernandez said he hadn’t ordered the drinks and refused to pay, at which point a “verbal altercation” began between the two men. Hernandez was told to leave and escorted out by Taphorn.
After stepping outside, according to the report, Hernandez told police 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—a fact Hernandez did not dispute.
Taphorn complained of hearing loss in his ear but refused medical treatment on the scene, the report said. The next day, however, doctors discovered his right eardrum had burst, an injury he was told would take four to six weeks to heal, according to the police report.
Hernandez wasn’t arrested at the time, but they police said they recommended a felony battery charge. Nothing came of it though and one could surmise that being a highly touted Florida Gator recruit might have had something to do with that.
You can just add this incident to the string of incidents that makes it seem that we shouldn’t be surprised he has found himself behind bars.