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BMATT247: Fool me a thrice?

I’m all for second chances, even a third under the right circumstances. But excuse me if I don’t leap head over heels on the latest claims coming from former Auburn running back Mike Dyer.

Dyer helped Auburn to the 2010 BCS Championship.

Dyer, who was kicked off Auburn’s football team in 2011 and then Arkansas State in 2012, says in a story on ESPN that he’s a changed man.

Dyer took responsibility for his actions. He says he’s grown up and ready to show everyone his new attitude. He said its been six months since he smoked marijuana.

A whole six months.

Well, I’m just not buying it. I’d like it to be true. I’d like for Dyer to put his past behind him and be able to take full advantage of his talent to achieve success on the field and in his life.

He’s still young. He can do it. The potential is there. And he’ll get a shot somewhere. But I’ll believe it when I see it.

His actions over the past three years haven’t given me any indication he’s a changed man. Talk is cheap. He’ll have to prove it.

But I will give some of the adults in Dyer’s life credit for holding him responsible for his actions. For showing him that there are consequences when he made bad decisions.

We’re learning a totally different story as more from Aaron Hernandez’s past is being revealed.

In a story from USA Today, details have emerged from a bar fight in Gainesville before Hernandez’s freshman year at Florida.

According to the story, Hernandez refused to pay for two drinks at The Swamp Restaurant and punched a bouncer in side of the head from behind, rupturing his ear drum.

The bouncer was potentially paid off, according to the paper, and charges were never filed against Hernandez. He ended up playing in all 13 games including three starts as a true freshman that fall.

Yes, that same Urban Meyer, who has been hailed as a paragon of coaching by some media outlets such as ESPN, didn’t suspend Hernandez for even a quarter.

When Meyer had an opportunity to send a message to a 17-year old freshman, he passed. Sure, maybe he had Hernandez run some laps around Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Perhaps he had him do some extra up-downs after practice.

I’m sure Hernandez, who has been charged with one murder and is a suspect in a double-homicide, was taught a lot of important life-lessons under Meyer as he played in 40 of 41 games over three season for the Gators despite admissions from Hernandez before the 2010 NFL Draft that he failed multiple drug tests at Florida.

Allowing a kid to run the streets like a common criminal without any major repercussions is not the kind of lessons I’d want a coach to teach my children. But Meyer was winning BCS National Championships at the time and it was easy to look the other way.

It’s not so easy now.

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