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Russo: Meyer, Belichick, others to blame for Hernandez arrest

June 28, 2013

Chris Russo was fired up Thursday on Mad Dog Radio when talking about Aaron Hernandez’s arrest.

Hernandez was taken into custody Wednesday and later charged with first-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Russo said that apathy from Hernandez’s high school coaches, college coach Urban Meyer and Patriots coach Bill Belichick played a role in Hernandez’s arrest.

“If you’re going to sit there and tell me, ‘Well you can’t blame this on Urban Meyer,’ uh-uh, yes you can,” Russo said. “He’s got a lot to do with this. Did [Hernandez] get any help? Did the high school football [guys] bring in a psychologist to work with the kid? Did they go talk to his mom? Did they do anything at all to find him a father figure to turn this kid around? Did they shoo the gangs away? When he went to Gainesville, did anybody in Gainesville do anything? The guy was in trouble left and right, he was in fights constantly [. . .] Did anybody in Gainesville say you know what, this is going to stop? [. . .] From what I’ve read, no. They have not.”

Russo later called Belichick to task, and added that Patriots owner Robert Kraft and quarterback Tom Brady also fell short in their relationships with Hernandez.

Listen to Russo’s thoughts below, including how he feels the NFL needs to come up with a solution for player-related offseason legal issues.

Listen to Russo on Mad Dog Unleashed, weekdays at 2 pm ET on SiriusXM channel 86.