ALLEN PARK — The suicide of Aaron Hernandez is one that affects many in the NFL, the witnesses to a life that spun out of control.
That includes Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn. He was in just his second season as the New England Patriots’ assistant director of pro personnel when his group spent a fourth-round draft pick on Hernandez, then a talented but troubled tight end from the University of Florida.
Hernandez was released by the Patriots in 2013 after he was arrested on a murder charge that would later earn him a life sentence without parole. Just last week, he was acquitted of a separate double-murder charge from 2012.
On Wednesday morning, he was found hanging dead in his cell. He was 27.
“I think it’s an extremely unfortunate set of circumstances on many, many levels that affected many, many people,” said Quinn, now in his second season as Lions general manager. “I read something that Coach …
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