Report: Tim Tebow attempted to break up an Aaron Hernandez bar fight

In 2007, Tim Tebow attempted to break up a bar fight between Aaron Hernandez and a bouncer while the two players were at the University of Florida together back in 2007 according to an Orlando Sentinel report.

Iliana Limón Romero of the Sentinel looked through public police records, and according to those records, police were called after Tebow attempted to make peace between Hernandez and the bouncer after Hernandez punched the bouncer in the head, causing a ruptured eardrum.

Hernandez was not at the scene when police arrived, so a police officer interviewed Tebow, and it went as follows [via the Orlando Sentinel]:

A waitress at The Swamp Restaurant allegedly brought Hernandez two "alcoholic drinks," which he consumed but refused to pay for. That's when Hernandez got into a fight with a bouncer at the bar.

Hernandez told police [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.

When the officer could not find Hernandez immediately following the incident, he interviewed Tebow and Shaun Young. 

“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.

The officer wrote Hernandez did not appear to be intoxicated and was, “very polite and professional.”

So, according to the police report, Hernandez bought drinks, wouldn't pay for them, got into a fight, and Tim Tebow stepped in to try to resolve the dispute by offering to pay for the drinks. Even so, Hernandez still struck the bouncer.

All we can say about this is, "wow." This story has it all.

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