Aaron Hernandez’s Brother, H.S. Football Coach D.J. Hernandez Suspended After Stealing Plays Off Armband

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On Outside The Lines” on ESPN this morning, New England Patriots’ Tight End Aaron Hernandez’s brother, D.J. Hernandez made headlines for cheating.

D.J. Hernandez is the head coach of the Southington, CT high school football team.  He was a former quarterback at UCONN, and played the past few seasons over in Austria.

In a game against Manchester H.S. on Oct. 22, apparently a Manchester coach or player accidentally dropped an armband with all of the teams’ plays coded on it.  Southington would go onto defeat Manchester 28-14, and film of the game shows the armband attached to Hernandez’s clipboard.

September 1, 2007 - Durham, NC. University of Connecticut's wide receiver, D.J. Hernandez (14) looks for space to elude Duke University Blue Devils strong safety, Adrian Aye-Darko Photo via Newscom

Jeff Jacobs of The Hartford Courant was interviewed by Bob Ley, and basically spent a good two minutes chastising Hernandez for what he had done.  But the main question remains, how does having the other team’s plays help your team?  At the most you can possibly strategize what plays the other team might use in certain situations, say on a 3rd and long, but aside from that it’s hard to understand the huge benefit here.

Hernandez indited himself by admitting he only used the stolen armband for “four plays,” but that statement alone is enough to hold him entirely responsible.  It’s unlikely anyone could’ve proved conclusively that the whatever was on Hernandez’s clipboard was in fact Manchester’s plays.  He’ll pay the price with a one-game suspension.

Southington is currently 7-1 on the season with two games left to play.

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