A murderer is getting the nation’s attention today for taking his own life. If he hadn’t been a player in the National Football League, nobody would care.
What makes Aaron Hernandez so important? We love our football stars, even if they’re murderers. We make them important for one and only one reason. They played football.
We should choose better heroes.
About the blogger
Bob Collins retired from Minnesota Public Radio in 2019 after 12 years of writing NewsCut and pointing out to complainants that posts weren’t news stories. A son of Massachusetts, he was a news editor 1992-1998, created the MPR News regional website in 1999, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day lamented that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.