Rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez sure has gotten off on the wrong cleat in New England.
The fourth-round draft choice out of Florida hasn't signed his contract yet, but he already has felt compelled to release a statement through the New England Patriots to refute a report he tested positive for marijuana multiple times in college.
Hernandez's problem has gotten worse since he admitted to "one single violation of the team's substance testing policy over the course of three years at the University of Florida" and expressed he was "disappointed by the recent inaccurate report of additional violations."
The Boston Globe's Albert Breer cited three NFL teams in the original report of multiple violations hurting Hernandez's draft stock. Now Breer is reporting sources from five teams have substantiated the story.
Boston Herald writer Karen Guregian also is reporting Hernandez had multiple violations.
One team official couldn't give Breer the precise number of violations but said "It was absolutely, positively more than two."
Hernandez was considered the best receiving tight end in this year's draft class, and many analysts marked him as a second-round talent. Scouts Inc. projected him as a third-round pick. Hernandez was the sixth tight end off the board.