Why would everyone hate him (aside from the fact that he played for ND)? They're sick of the story. They're sick of hearing about him. The media wanted their pound of flesh (for revenge) because they weren't smart enough to fact check way back when, and they got it by flooding us with stupid stories and unfounded rumors/accusations. Now that the story has died down, opinion will change. He'll have an NFL city in his corner soon enough, whether they like it or not.
Oh, and Deadspin has the Beers (hockey) story up. You knew that was coming. I wonder if they're 80% sure he was drunk at the time?