Two of the most maligned figures in sports are linking up, but it probably won’t get them anywhere.
In addition to the first-degree murder charge against Aaron Hernandez in connection with a June 20, 2013 slaying, police link the former New England Patriots star to an unsolved 2012 double murder.
Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the 2014 season and postseason. The arbitrator found “clear and convincing evidence” that the third baseman used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct baseball’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.
And now, Netflix presents “Aaron Hernandez and Alex Rodriguez Trade Places,” to air in March. The stars are delighted to participate in the show, as each believes the other’s predicament is better than his own. The one thing they have in common is their belief that their attorneys will get them off.
“I look forward to playing football for the Patriots,” Rodriguez said. “I want to be a receiver. Who wouldn’t want to catch passes from Tom Brady? I’m stoked. Touchdown, baby!”
“I’m so happy to play baseball for the New York Yankees in 2015,” Hernandez said. “I look forward to commandeering the shortstop position once again, as that was always my best and most natural position. Well, not my position. It was A-Rod’s position.”
The show’s producer promises unexpected twists, however.
“Just days after Aaron Hernandez was publicly linked to the most recent killing, police received a tip from a nightclub security staff member who told them that he overheard a conversation that linked Hernandez to that killing and to the unsolved 2012 shootings,” producer Joel Bopkin said. “This should put a wrench in A-Rod’s plan to play football.”
“And good luck to Hernandez in his effort to sue MLB and the players’ association and overturn the decision,” Bopkin said. “He’ll never play for the Yankees.”
The show begins as Hernandez arrives at Yankees spring training camp next month, as A-Rod had planned to do, despite the suspension.
“That opening scene will be good for a few laughs,” Bopkin said.