The NFL refused to allow a veteran’s group to run a Super Bowl print ad asking people to stand for the National Anthem. The league considered it too controversial.
However, in a pre-game ceremony at Sunday’s Super Bowl in Minneapolis, the NFL had no problem honoring the passing of a former player convicted of murder.
That decision highlights, in a nutshell, everything wrong with the NFL today.
According to multiple reports, before the game began, fans and media at the Super Bowl were shown an “In Memoriam” video presentation of former players who had passed away during the previous year.
Many were surprised to see that former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in the presentation. Hernandez died in prison last year after committing suicide. He had been convicted of murder but had not yet been sentenced.
Some reports say only Hernandez’s name was shown, while some reports said a picture was briefly shown. Either way, his inclusion raised eyebrows from a number of people who saw it.
The NFL made an interesting choice in its NFL “In Memoriam” tribute prior to Super Bowl LII on Sunday.
Ex-Patriots tight end and former convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez made an appearance on the tribute video before the big game.
Hernandez committed suicide last April just days after he was acquitted on a double-murder charge but was still serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.
His murder conviction was later vacated by a Massachusetts judge weeks after his death because he died before his appeal was heard.
According to multiple reports of those at the game, the formerly convicted murderer was shown on a slide with a handful of other relatively unknown NFL players who passed away in the last year.
Other players were honored with videos or individual photo slides.
Hernandez played three seasons with the Patriots before he was charged with first-degree murder in June 2013.
In November, researchers at Boston University discovered that Hernandez suffered from an unusually severe case of CTE, a degenerative brain disease resulting from blows to the head.