Urban Meyer responds to reports about Aaron Hernandez

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  July 6, 2013 11:25 AM

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Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer, who was Aaron Hernandez's coach at the University of Florida from 2007 to 2009, has responded to reports about how Hernandez was treated at Florida that have surfaced since the former Patriots player was accused of murdering Odin Lloyd in June.

“Prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim,” Meyer told The Columbus Dispatch via text message. “Relating or blaming these serious charges to the University of Florida, myself or our staff is wrong and irresponsible.”

Several reports have indicated Hernandez was involved in incidents ranging from disputes and altercations to failed drug tests. The Boston Globe was first to report Hernandez failed drug tests multiple times at Florida and that caused his stock to drop prior to the 2010 NFL Draft, when he was chosen by the Patriots in the fourth round.

“I just received an email from a friend where there is an accusation of multiple failed drug tests by Hernandez covered up by University of Florida or the coaching staff. This is absolutely not true,” Meyer said. “Hernandez was held to the same drug testing policy as every other player.”

Meyer also said Florida officials tried to assist Hernandez, who entered college when he was 17.

“He was an athlete at Florida 4 -7 yrs ago and there are some comments being made that are not correct,” Meyer texted to the Dispatch. “Our staff, myself and our families worked very hard to mentor and guide him.”

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