Bryce Miller’s 3 for 3: Hernandez of the Hawkeyes deserves privacy (updated), Iowa’s tie to sizzling Pirates — and must-watch Craig Sager video
The 3 for 3 blog hits privacy, Pirates and NBA fashion police …
1: A TIME FOR PRIVACY — When considering the murder charge against NFL player Aaron Hernandez, one of the first thoughts in Iowa — a normal, understandable thought — is curiosity about the reaction of his brother, Hawkeye football graduate assistant coach DJ Hernandez.
Here’s the thing … it’s really none of our business.
If the charge that stemmed from the June 17 death of Odin Lloyd impacts the status of Hernandez in terms of the Iowa football team, that’s relevant. As of now, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said that’s not the case.
There’s no doubt that the news must be stunning and mind-numbingly sad for DJ Hernandez. How would any of us make sense of a family member facing a murder charge — or square away the agonizing thought that a person you’ve shared so much with is considered a potential killer?
None of that pain can compare in any way, obviously, to the family of Odin Lloyd. But the story crumbs being most consistently verified now indicate it’s likely there are more revelations to come.
DJ Hernandez, though, isn’t responsible for the actions of his brother — or explaining them — any more than you or I would be accountable for the decisions of a responsible adult in our lives.
There might be a day when DJ Hernandez feels like discussing this unthinkable chapter of his life. If the Hawkeye tight ends coach ever wants to talk about the situation, it needs to be on his timeline and terms.
Sadly, that kind of respect for privacy exists less and less in our TMZ world.
UPDATE: Well, it hasn’t taken long for someone to invade the privacy of DJ Hernandez — according to this Hartford Courant report. It sounds as if Hernandez was wise enough to avoid getting involved, and disassociate himself from the scene as quickly as possible.
2: IOWAN PART OF GREAT BASEBALL STORY — If you picked the Pittsburgh Pirates to own the best record in Major League Baseball at the start of July, raise your hand.
While you’re at it, admit that therthere’s a better chance you’d hit a 98-mph fastball than pass a polygraph test.
One of the players helping the Pirates claw for the top of baseball’s mountain is Tony Watson, the former Dallas Center-Grimes pitcher who was born in Sioux City. On Sunday, Watson struck out four in three hitless innings as Pittsburgh won its ninth-straight game — a 2-1, 14-inning thriller against Milwaukee.
Quite a story, those 51-win Pirates. You know, the small-market Pirates. The same Pirates who haven’t felt consistently and hugely relevant in the majors since the “We Are Family” days of Willie Stargell and Dave Parker.
Watson, a left-hander, picked up the win against the Brewers when Russell Martin drove in the game-winner. On the season, Watson is 2-1 with a pair of saves and 3.57 earned-run average over 40 1/3 innings.
The 28-year-old set a state record in high school with a 0.10 ERA as a senior in 2003, sprinkling in three no-hitters for good measure.
And don’t look now, but Des Moines pitcher Jeremy Hellickson is on a roll with a five-win, beat-down of the month of June … HERE.
3: NBA-BOUND — It appears Iowa native Nick Nurse is headed to the bench of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors.
Nurse, who orchestrated NBA D-League titles with two teams (Iowa, Rio Grande Valley) in two very different cities, always has been interested in coaching at the highest level.
Those who’ve worked with or played for Nurse — including a Twitter shout-out from Houston Rockets signee Royce White (“Nick Nurse is a GREAT coach!”) — indicate he’s likely to move up the bench and become an NBA head coach some day.
Nurse, who also has played and coached internationally, would be a perfect fit. Can’t wait for his first halftime interview with fashion-assassin Craig Sager.
Enjoy this Kevin Garnett interview — and his liberal (and appropriate) use of the phrase “burn it.”
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