Even though the NFL has stopped selling Aaron Hernandez jerseys and the New England Patriots are offering fans the chance to swap the tight end’s replica uniform for a free jersey of their choice, that hasn’t stopped the alleged murderer’s jersey from becoming a hot item on eBay.
Patriots fan John Lamothe had a Number 81 Hernandez Patriots jersey in his house but decided he wanted to get rid of it after more and more details about the murder of Odin Lloyd continued to emerge.
“I thought about giving it to Goodwill,” he said, “but I didn’t think anybody would want it.” Instead he put it on eBay. “I thought I might get $15 for it,” Lamothe said. He ended up getting $289 for it. Lamothe isn’t sure why the man who bought the Hernandez jersey wanted it so badly, but he did tell him that he didn’t want his wife to know about it.
Lynn L’Heureux’s $100 Hernandez jersey is up to $127 on eBay. “I can’t think of any reason why people would want it,” L’Heureux said. “They might think it will go up in value later on, and maybe it will, but I’m not interested. I just don’t want it in my possession. I want to use the money to buy a jersey that reflects my pride in the Patriots.”
It’s not just jerseys that people want. After the Patriots cut Hernandez last week and took any Hernandez-related memorabilia off of shelves at the team store, a man started offering to buy “anything” related to Hernandez on Craigslist, BlackSportOnline reported.
16-year-old Brett Iannazzo put his signed Hernandez Super Bowl jersey on eBay because he didn’t think it was worthy of being in his house. “I loved Hernandez. I had his rookie jersey. Whenever I got a double in baseball, I’d do his end zone dance; take out the briefcase and make it rain,” he said. “Now, I’m done with that. I’m done with him.”
Iannazzo speculated about the people who were driving up the price of his $100 jersey. “Maybe they’re people who collect strange items. I know someone who bought a Nazi Germany jacket. Why would anyone buy something like that?”