File under: Opposite worlds collide.
According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, newly signed Patriots backup QB Tim Tebow once tried to break up a "violent" bar fight between former Pats tight end Aaron Hernandez and a bouncer at a Gainesville, Fla. bar.
Tebow and Hernandez were teammates at the University of Florida when the 2007 incident took place.
Hernandez, then a 17-year-old freshman, allegedly punched the bouncer in the head and broke his ear drum. After Hernandez reportedly fled the bar after the brawl, which stemmed from a dispute over a bar bill, the police questioned Tebow when they arrived on the scene.
From the Sentinel report:
When the officer could not find Hernandez immediately following the incident, he interviewed Tebow and Shaun Young.
“Tebow stated that he witnessed the dispute,” the officer wrote. “… Tebow stated that he went over to try to help resolve the conflict.”
Tebow went on to say he urged Hernandez to leave peacefully and tried to make arrangements to pay the bill.
Two hours later, another officer found Hernandez and spoke with him about the incident. Tebow was present during the interview.
The officer wrote Hernandez did not appear to be intoxicated and was, “very polite and professional.”
Hernandez told the officer both he and Tebow had already called then-UF football coach Urban Meyer and informed him about the incident.
The Wall Street Journal obtained a copy of the 2007 police report on Monday.
In other Hernandez news, TMZ reports today that Hernandez was involved in a domestic incident with his fiancee in Hermosa Beach, Calif. in June 2012.
According to the TMZ report, when police arrived, Hernandez' fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, said she was OK and didn't want to press charges.
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