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Tim Tebow Tried to Break Up Aaron Hernandez Bar Fight in 2007

By: Justin Pawlowski Twitter: @CommishOnline
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Was anyone else waiting for a story like this to come out?

We were never going to see a story where Tebow was as guilty as Hernandez, but Tebow trying to keep peace is just too predictable.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Tebow tried to break up a fight between Aaron Hernandez and a bouncer in 2007, and then stuck around to speak to police.

Thanks to the Orlando Sentinel, the report stated the following:

A waitress at The Swamp Restaurant allegedly brought Hernandez two “alcoholic drinks,” which he consumed but refused to pay for. That’s when Hernandez got into a fight with a bouncer at the bar.

Hernandez told police [bouncer Michael] 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.

Taphorn declined medical treatment but the next day doctors discovered his right ear drum had burst and the injury would take four to six weeks to heal.

When the officer could not find Hernandez immediately following the incident, he interviewed Tebow and Shaun Young.

“Tebow stated that he witnessed the dispute,” the officer wrote. “… Tebow stated that he went over to try to help resolve the conflict.”

Tebow went on to say he urged Hernandez to leave peacefully and tried to make arrangements to pay the bill.

While the Gainesville police recommended that Hernandez be charged with a felony, the investigating officers told Hernandez’s attorneys at the time that he would not be pursuing charges in connection with alcohol being served to minors at the restaurant, but he wrote, “it would be noted in the report so the coaches could handle it internally.”

Hernandez was 17 years old at the time of this incident.

Is this the last story we’ll hear of Hernandez’s days in Gainesville or is this just the beginning?

It seems to me that Aaron Hernandez and Urban Meyer were being protected in this specific situation, which brings up another question. What else were they protected from?

We’ll discuss this during Fan Interference with Justin Pawlowski and Jim Lighthall on Wednesday from 9-12.

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