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Urban Meyer: We 'worked very hard to mentor and guide' Hernandez

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

 Urban Meyer denies Aaron Hernandez had multiple positive drug tests at Florida. (USATSI)
Urban Meyer denies Aaron Hernandez had multiple positive drug tests at Florida. (USATSI)

When given the chance last week to discuss his former player at the University of Florida, current Ohio State coach Urban Meyer decided unequivocally not to talk about Aaron Hernandez.



Looks like a few days later, Meyer has changed his mind, expressing his sympathy for the family of Odin Lloyd and distancing himself from any blame surrounding Hernandez.

“Prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim,” Meyer texted to the Columbus Dispatch. “Relating or blaming these serious charges to the University of Florida, myself or our staff is wrong and irresponsible.”

While you could make your own theory why Meyer had decided to speak out at this point, it's clear he wanted to clear up what he perceives as inaccuracies about his dealings with Hernandez in college.

“I just received an email from a friend where there is an accusation of multiple failed drug tests by Hernandez covered up by University of Florida or the coaching staff. This is absolutely not true,” Meyer texted. “Hernandez was held to the same drug testing policy as every other player.”

Meyer continued: “He was an athlete at Florida 4-7 years ago and there are some comments being made that are not correct. Our staff, myself and our families worked very hard to mentor and guide him.”

Hernandez -- who admitted to failing at least one drug test while at Florida and watched his draft stock plummet before the Patriots plucked him in the fourth round of the 2010 draft -- has been charged with murder. There have also been reports recently that Hernandez was questioned about a shooting that occurred in Gainesville, Fla., in 2007 and about a bar fight in which he allegedly ruptured a bouncer's ear drum.

In any case, Urban Meyer's wife doesn't appreciate those who are associating her husband (and his supposed disciplinary leniency while at Florida) with Hernandez.

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