As soon as he hears the verdict of “Guilty in the First Degree” his eyes close.This indicates that he is closing off as this is not the verdict he expected to see ot hear.
He purses his lips to hold back emotion and to deal with the dry cotton mouth as his autonomic system is kicking in. Note that the he bald guard begins looking in the direction of Hernandez’ emotional mother and girlfriend.
He tries to swallow hard as the cotton mouth is really getting uncomfortable as his tongue now protrudes.
As he swallows his eyes close in response to the frustration that he is unable to get their attention in making eye contact with them.
Hernandez physically moves his head to get a better look at his loved ones as he shifts his eyes all the way in their direction, no doubt wanting to make eye contact with them through their sobs. But as you will see later they are not able to look at him and he cannot catch their eye gaze because their eyes are closed shut, covered and dripping with tears.Note that the guard is not liking what Hernandez is doing as he observes what is happening.
The guard doesn’t like what Hernandez is doing in having so much physcial freedom in turning his head towards his loved ones, so he whispers something to him like “put your hands in back of you.”
Hernandez does what he is told and leans his head down as he is cuffed by the guard.
This the is reason Hernandez could not get satisfaction and some emotional comfort from his loved ones- his mother and his girlfriend. They were too busy covering their eyes and stifling their sobs and dabbing their fingers in their eyes to blot their tears. The mother’s tears were no doubt for the loss of her son whom she will never see again in this lifetime. The girlfirend’s tears were no doubt that she lost her big bank bucks and now has to go at it alone and downsize. While Hernandez will still get his NFL pension as long as he is alive, it will mostly go to paying off his lawyers as he had been struggling to pay them throughout the trial according to reports. Since money is scarce and lawyers fees are high, his girlfriend will no longer be living in the manner she had been accustomed to live and that means her home may even have to be sold from under her.
Aaron Hernandez finally got what he deserved, not just for killing this innocent man who happened to be his girlfriend’s sister’s boyfriend. He got what he deserved for what he did all his life. He was a thug and a bully and flew off the handle and harmed and killed others for pettry perceived slights. He was allowed to get away with everything for so long.
In Florida when he was in college he was allowed to get away with his egregious behavior simply because he was a star player. The NFL also turned a blind eye until they could do so no more. He has felt entitled all of his life because he was allowed to get away with it so much simply because he played football.
It is time we stop idolizing thugs and those engaged in criminal acts and turn a blind eye simply because they can catch a ball, run fast or tackle someone. Those are misplaced values. Now Hernandez will spend his life where he belongs and will never smell freedom. But unfortunately he will be hailed a hero in prison like OJ has been while incarcerated.