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The price of infamy

Maybe this is not what it looks like. That's the straw you grasp at here.

Maybe the market for Aaron Hernandez jerseys that are going for hundreds of dollars on eBay and elsewhere is being spurred by the serious collector looking for valuable pieces of history, sort of the way the derringer Booth used to shoot Lincoln is a valuable piece of history or some article of clothing once worn by John Dillinger might be.

You'd like to think that's what's going on. At least then there might be some worthwhile meaning to it, some outcropping of understanding to grasp onto.

You'd like to think that we aren't so far gone as a society that some of us, and maybe a lot of us, are willing to spend money, and maybe a lot of it, on a Hernandez jersey because we think there's something valuable and appealing about being a common thug -- or, if the charges against him stick, about being a full-on sociopath with no whiff of humanity to him whatsoever.

God helps us if that's the case. God help us all.

Ben Smith's blog.

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