May 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Video: Lions rookie Eric Ebron talks about Aaron Hernandez case with TMZ

Lions first-round draft pick Eric Ebron is in Los Angeles for the NFL Players Association's Rookie Premiere, which runs Thursday through Saturday. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)

As a top-10 pick in this year’s NFL draft, Lions tight end Eric Ebron is about to be in the spotlight a whole lot more than he was at North Carolina.

And based on an interview he did with a TMZ cameraman recently, Ebron won’t be running away from the paparazzi.

The cameraman talked to Ebron at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday and grilled him about former New England Patriots tight end and alleged murderer Aaron Hernandez. The rookie — who was wearing a Red Wings cap — handled the questions well.

Ebron is in Los Angeles for the NFL Players Association’s Rookie Premiere, which runs Thursday through Saturday.

First, the excitable cameraman asked Ebron if he was worried about going to clubs knowing people like Hernandez are out there, and Ebron noted that in the United States, people are innocent until proven guilty.

“Yeah, but he pleaded not guilty. That’s crazy,” Ebron said. “I’m not a big party person, so that stuff really doesn’t faze me or anything.”

When told that Hernandez is accused of killing two men after one of them caused him to spill his drink, Ebron responded with a general statement on humanity.

“Life is crazy,” he said. “People are crazy, so that’s why you stay away from them.

"I ain't afraid of no man but God."

Ebron didn’t party much in college, and it sounds like he plans to keep his circle of friends as tight as possible even now that he’ll be a multi-millionaire. The cameraman asked if Ebron stays away from bad friends, and he said he stays away “from everybody.”

“I mind my own business,” he said. “I don’t do anything that I’m not supposed to be doing, got taught that at a young age.”

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