4 BITS: Hernandez, Raymond, Chiozza, Francis

By Adam Silverstein
July 8, 2013

1 » New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Monday spoke about former tight end Aaron Hernandez and how the “whole organization was duped” by him. Kraft told The Boston Globe that the Patriots knew Hernandez was “immature” but could never have guessed his character issues would lead to such a heinous crime. He also explained how, prior to the 2010 NFL Draft, Hernandez sent a letter to New England admitting to smoking marijuana while playing for the Florida Gators and promising he would “willfully” submit to bi-weekly drug tests as a rookie with a promise to return portions of his salary if he tested positive and was suspended. “I realize this offer is somewhat unorthodox, but it is also the only way I could think of to let you know how serious I am about reaching my potential in the NFL,” Hernandez wrote.

A screen shot of EA Sports’ NCAA Football 14 video game, featuring Hernandez as an NCAA Ultimate Team unlockable item, made its way around the internet on Monday. EA Sports has since announced that Hernandez will be removed from the game “via a Title Update in the near future.” Hernandez will also be taken out of Madden NFL 25.

2 » Former Gators tennis star Lisa Raymond‘s bid to win her 12th Grand Slam title fell just short on Sunday when she dropped a mixed doubles match 5-7, 6-2, 8-6 in the finals of the 2013 Wimbledon. Raymond, the defending mixed doubles champion at Wimbledon, has already won five career Grand Slam mixed doubles titles to go along with six women’s doubles titles.

Read two more Florida Gators news BITS (three videos) after the break!

3 » Florida in-house senior writer Scott Carter spoke with reporter Sara Sidner, a former Gators volleyball player, about her journalism career and working for CNN in Libya during the ousting of dictator Muammar Gadafi and the fall of Tripoli in Aug. 2011. “It was one of those moments that while you’re in the moment, you realize that this is a big moment,” she said of her experience covering the uprising on the front lines. “A lot of times things happen and years later you realize, ‘Wow, that changed this or that made a difference in history this way.’ You kind of get that 20/20 vision. But this was one of those times when you are in the middle of it and you can feel this energy pulsating through everything – the noise and the gunfire and the squalling and the cheering. That was one of those moments where you realize history is being made and I’m here.”

4 » A pair of Florida basketball commits – four-star 2014 guards Chris Chiozza (Memphis, TN) and Brandone Francis (Jacksonville, FL) – recently participated in the 2013 NBPA Top 100 Camp. Check out this video with some highlights.

Extra BIT » If you’re in the mood to cry, watch this as well…


  1. HardToKillGtr says:

    I would say Mr. Kraft duped himself by thinking his practice of taking a chance on very talented players with personality/character defects on the cheap wouldn’t bite him in the butt. Mr. Kraft did not “hire” AH out of a desire to simply help a young man get out of the thug life. I think 4 teams passed on AH because he was and is screwed up in the head. AH is nothing more than a low cost business mistake for the Patriots.

    Don’t forget the NFL is a profitable business and there’s nothing wrong with that. Always remember what you’re dealing with.

  2. Danthefan says:

    Chiozza and Francis both look good. Chris is smooth, has handle & dish, pulls up quick and is accurate. His stature will keep him around hopefully for the full 4 if he does sign. GO GATORS!!!

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