NFL players have mixed reactions to Aaron Hernandez’s suicide

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BYJake Becker
Updated: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 1:59 AM
Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in his prison cell Wednesday morning.

The sports world awoke to news that Aaron Hernandez, the former Patriots star tight end who was convicted of murder in 2015, committed suicide in his Massachusetts prison cell early Wednesday morning.

NFL players and celebrities took to social media to share their reactions to the 27-year-old’s death, which comes just five days after he was acquitted in a separate double-homicide case.

Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in his prison cell Wednesday morning.

(Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Dolphins lineman Mike Pouncey, who played with Hernandez at the University of Florida, bid an emotional farewell to his friend in an Instagram post. Pouncey, who had publicly supported Hernandez since his 2013 arrest, kept in touch with the ex-Pat throughout his time in jail. Prosecutors in Hernandez’s double-murder trial used phone transcripts of a conversation between the two in the Commonwealth’s case against the former New England player.

To my friend my brother! Through thick and thin right or wrong we never left each other's side. Today my heart hurts as I got the worse news I could have imagined. It was just a day ago we shared our last convo. I will forever miss you and love you bro. we will meet again rest easy! ❤️🙏🏽

A post shared by Mike Pouncey (@mikepouncey) on Apr 19, 2017 at 5:11am PDT

uncey wrote. “Through thick and thin right or wrong we never left each other’s side. Today my heart hurts as I got the worst news I could have imagined. It was just a day ago we shared our last convo. I will forever miss you and love you bro. we will meet again rest easy!”

Aaron Hernandez’s former agent: 'No chance' he committed suicide

Other NFLers, such as former Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor and Jets defensive end Claude Pelon, wished Hernandez would rest in peace. Xavier Nixon, a free agent who also played with Hernandez in college, called him his “bro.” Rapper Snoop Dogg called the news “sad.”

#RIP Aaron Hernandez...something doesn't feel right about him committing suicide...#prayingfor✌🏾...GOOD MORNING TO ALL...

— Ike Taylor (@Ike_SwagginU) April 19, 2017

R.I.P Aaron Hernandez

— SAVAG£ (@ClaudePelon) April 19, 2017

I don't care what anyone says. That was the homie. And no one deserves to go out like that.

— #altonsterling (@XavierNixon) April 19, 2017

This is sad 👎🏾🙏🏾🌹 https://t.co/miFWGg2GNb pic.twitter.com/NclOlk0b8a

— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) April 19, 2017

Aaron Hernandez death is final chapter in a tragic story. Too much loss of life and too much family including children left w/o these men.

— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) April 19, 2017

RIP Chico! ✊🏾🙏🏾

— Aaron Dobson 3 (@aarondobson17) April 19, 2017

RIP Chico 🙏🏾 #81

— Flash Gordon (@JOSH_GORDONXII) April 19, 2017

Condolences to the Hernandez family, they've endured plenty these last few years.

— Max Garcia (@MGarcia_76) April 19, 2017

RIP Aaron Hernandez

— Dorin Dickerson (@scorindorin) April 19, 2017

Damn man... Aaron Hernandez wow. Had everything he wanted in life then lost it all. RIP.... damn

— Brandon King (@BrandonKing4787) April 19, 2017

Easy judgement of Aaron Hernandez brings no answers. Lawrence Phillips. Dead in a cell, abandoned by his mother, pissed on in a foster home.

— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) April 19, 2017

While many are ecstatic about Aaron taking his life, let's not forget about this sweet little 4 year old baby who has to grow up with this. https://t.co/9HqwceLhwR

— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) April 19, 2017 19 photos view gallery Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez

But some, like former NFL linebacker and radio host Ike Reese, did not seem sympathetic about Hernandez's death.

(@Ike58Reese via Twitter)

“Aaron Hernandez, #HeGone!!!!” Reese wrote, later deleting the tweet.

That Aaron Hernadez mini series we are sure to see in the future just got a FIRE ending tho.....

— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) April 19, 2017

Brian Murphy, Hernandez's former agent, joined ex-Jets star Antonio Cromartie and others in voicing suspicion about Hernandez’s suicide.

Tragedy of Aaron Hernandez is the many lives he destroyed

Absolutely no chance he took his own life. Chico was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life.

— Brian Murphy (@A1Murph) April 19, 2017

"Absolutely no chance he took his own life," Murphy wrote on Twitter. "Chico was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life."

I thought he was about to appeal his case. Wow🤔🤔🤔 https://t.co/XFm6DzGzC6

— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) April 19, 2017

“I thought he was about to appeal his case. Wow,” Cromartie tweeted with emojis denoting skepticism.

Not sayin he's innocent but it do look kind of funny when a guy who just won 2 murder cases is found dead in his cell in general population

— ♛ Durell Eskridge (@Deskridge37) April 19, 2017

Might be just me but that Aaron Hernandez suicide is fishy knowing he just beat dbl murder and was appealing his other conviction

— Carp (@robcarpenter81) April 19, 2017

Rev. Jesse Jackson said he had Hernandez's family in his thoughts.

Pray for the soul and family of Aaron Hernandez. https://t.co/ulqmsuRykk

— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) April 19, 2017

"Pray for the soul and family of Aaron Hernandez," Jackson wrote.

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