“Leading up to the draft, I provided every interested NFL team with all the information asked of me about football and my personal life. I was as candid as I could possibly be about everything, including my one single violation of the team’s substance testing policy over the course of three years at the University of Florida. That is why I was very surprised and disappointed by the recent inaccurate report of additional violations. I regret what happened, I learned from it and will make better decisions going forward. I couldn’t be more excited about beginning my NFL career and representing the New England Patriots well.”
That information is consistent with what a source close to Hernandez told the Globe on Monday night. That source also indicated that the marijuana issue was, in fact, responsible for his falling stock in the draft.
However, three NFL teams indicated to the Globe on Monday that there were multiple positive tests during the player’s time at Florida, and that a single positive test would have done little to hurt his stock. It was the history of this problem, we were told, that was responsible for Hernandez falling to the fourth round.