Tim Tebow allegedly broke up an Aaron Hernandez bar fight in Florida
Ever since alleged murderer Aaron Hernandez‘s fall from grace two weeks ago sports fans and gossip mongers alike have put a magnifying glass over the former football player’s past, and today, the probe revealed a 2007 bar fight – shocker, right?
Actually, it is, considering who allegedly broke it up.
Tim Tebow tried to make peace between the then-17 year old and a bouncer at a Gainesville, F.L. bar before police arrived, according to a report by The Orlando Sentinel.
Both future football stars were playing at the University of Florida, according to Gainesville police reports, which revealed that Hernandez, a freshman at the time, punched a bouncer in the head causing a broken ear drum on April 28, 2007.
Arriving officers were unable to locate Hernandez, and reportedly quizzed Tebow about the altercation.
“Tebow stated that he witnessed the dispute,” the officer wrote. “… Tebow stated that he went over to try to help resolve the conflict.”
Tebow went on to say he urged Hernandez to leave peacefully and tried to make arrangements to pay the bill.
Two hours later, another officer found Hernandez and spoke with him about the incident. Tebow was present during the interview.
According to the police report, a waitress at The Swamp bar allegedly brought Hernandez two “alcoholic drinks,” which he drank but refused to pay for. That’s what led to Hernandez’s alleged fight with the bouncer.
Hernandez told police that bouncer Michael Taphorn “got in his face and began yelling at him.” As Taphorn turned to walk away, Hernandez punched him in the side of the head.
Taphorn declined medical treatment but the next day doctors discovered his right ear drum had burst and the injury would take four to six weeks to heal, according to the report.
The officer wrote Hernandez did not appear to be intoxicated and was, “very polite and professional.”
Hernandez told the officer both he and Tebow had already called then-UF football coach Urban Meyer and informed him about the incident.
A day later, the investigating officer told Hernandez’s attorney, Huntley Johnson, he would not be pursuing charges in connection with alcohol served to minors at the restaurant, but he wrote, “it would be noted in the report so the coaches could handle it internally.”
Gainesville police recommended Hernandez be charged with a felony, but it is unclear how the case was resolved because all of Hernandez’s other juvenile records are sealed.