CANTON, OH - AUGUST 4: A general exterior view of the Pro Football Hall of fame prior to the Class of 2012 Enshrinement Ceremony at Fawcett Stadium on August 4, 2012 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Every year, the Pro Football Hall of Fame asks a panel of photography experts to choose the best NFL photo of the year. The photographer gets an award, and the picture is put on permanent display at the Hall of Fame.
But the award-winning picture of Aaron Hernandez scoring a touchdown in 2010 wasn't displayed permanently after all. The Hall of Fame took the picture down when visitors complained about seeing a picture of an accused murderer.
That doesn't sit well with Mary Schwalm, who took the picture of Hernandez.
"It is disappointing," Schwalm told the Sporting News. "I was able to say, 'I have a photo hanging in the Hall of Fame.' Can I still say that?"
Schwalm also said she was disappointed the Hall of Fame didn't tell her it had pulled her photo. She found out on Twitter.
"I'm bummed. I'm disappointed," Schwalm said.
It's easy to see why the Hall of Fame doesn't want to celebrate Hernandez, but the photography award was never supposed to be a referendum on the character of the person in the picture. It was supposed to be about recognizing the best football photograph of the year. Now there's a blank space on the wall where the best football photograph of 2010 should be.