The University of Florida has been taking action to make sure that there is no evidence that former Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is currently on trial for murder, ever went to the school. After removing all photographs and images of Hernandez back in June, the university has officially removed the last – and most visible – reminder of Hernandez…a brick outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium honoring the former tight end’s selection as All-American in 2009.
Florida released a statement regarding the brick removal on Thursday:
“We didn’t feel it was appropriate to celebrate Aaron Hernandez. We put together an immediate plan after the initial news broke to remove his likeness and name in various private and public areas in the facility, such as the South Endzone team area, locker room, football offices, Heavener Complex Kornblau Lobby and the brick display entrance to the football facility,” the school said in a statement.
“We were able to implement some of the changes immediately and this [brick removal] was a more complex process to complete with our vendors. The plan was to have everything completed before the end of July.”
Here’s a photo of the brick being removed:
And what the spot looks like now:
Oh, and would you look at who is honored right below Hernandez…one of the Pouncey brothers, who recently wore “Free Hernandez” hats to their birthday party.
[Pics via @JQuittner]