Last night news broke that a man!s body was found about a mile from Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez’ Home. The man, who is an associate of Hernandez, was shot in the head. A rental car, which was rented by Hernandez, was found near the scene and will be searched today. Hernandez is not cooperating with the police regarding the murder investigation. I usually wait until all of the details come out in cases like this before commenting, but the more I read about this case, the worse it looks for Hernandez. Read the latest below, my comments are at the end:
The latest on the murder investigation in Massachusetts from the New York Post, who report that Hernandez has not been ruled out as a suspect, and that he is not cooperating with police:
NYPost A star New England Patriot tight end was questioned by authorities yesterday in a possible homicide investigation, according to reports. Aaron Hernandez was interviewed by Massachusetts cops after the body of a 27-year-old Boston man was discovered by a jogger less than a mile from the player’s North Attleboro house, according to Sports Illustrated. The victim was described as an “associate” of Hernandez, sources told ABC News. The player, who last year signed a five-year deal worth $40 million, was not considered a suspect, according to reports. Authorities searched the $1.3 million home of Hernandez, who was initially uncooperative, ABC said. The body was found at 5:30 p.m. Monday in an industrial park. It could have been there as long as a day, according to the Sun Chronicle of Attleboro. Authorities focused on Hernandez when they found a rented Chevrolet Suburban with Rhode Island plates — and which was tied to his name — near the scene, a source told SI. Cops swarmed his house, and investigators were inside with him for hours, ABC said. Officers walked around the driveway and in the garage with flashlights. Before ending the search, one cop took a box out of the house. Two of Hernandez’s friends tried to leave the house during the search, but cops stopped them, according to the network. Police then searched the friends’ cars. A Patriots rep declined to comment, but a team source said they did not believe Hernandez, 23, had any role in the death. The tight end is represented by the Athletes First agency, which said it has no comment “on the Aaron Hernandez situation.” The player’s mother said she had no knowledge of a case involving him. Hernandez scored five touchdowns and made 51 receptions last season. He was drafted in 2010 by the Patriots in the fourth round, but might have been drafted higher had he not repeatedly failed marijuana tests while he was playing for the University of Florida. “I felt I should have been drafted higher, but some of that was my fault,” Hernandez told the Hartford Courant last year. “I also knew once I got here, I’d have an opportunity to prove myself. “It was in my hands. And I’m a competitor.” His drug use was tied to the 2006 death of his father, the Boston Globe reported in 2010.
Another man alleges that Hernandez recently shot him in the face outside of a Miami strip club, costing the man his yet, according to a TMZ report:
TMZ New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was sued earlier this month for allegedly shooting a man in the face following an altercation at a Miami strip club … TMZ has learned. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Florida on June 13 — five days before investigators searched the NFL star’s Massachusetts home in connection with a homicide investigation that appears to be unrelated. According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Hernandez and Alexander S. Bradley went to Tootsie’s Cabaret in Miami on February 13, 2013 … and during the outing, the two men got into an argument. Bradley claims … After the dispute, both men left the club — and got into the same car which was heading to Palm Beach. During the ride, Aaron allegedly aimed his weapon at Bradley … and the gun discharged, striking Bradley in the face. Bradley claims he suffered major injuries from the gunshot … including the loss of his right eye. Bradley also claimed he required major surgery to reconstruct his face … which required plates and screws. Bradley also claims he suffered damage to his right hand and arm, which also required surgery. There’s more — Bradley claims Aaron was not licensed to carry a firearm in the first place. Bradley demanded more than $100,000. But just 4 days after Bradley filed the lawsuit, the case was DISMISSED. We reached out to Aaron’s people for comment — so far, no word back. 10:34 AM PT — Sources connected to the case tell us … Bradley’s legal team only dismissed the case because there was an error in the paperwork … and they FULLY plan to REFILE the lawsuit TODAY. We’re also told … Bradley will argue that the bullet initially struck him in the arm and continued traveling through his body until it struck him in the face …. blowing out his eyeball.
Once again, you have to draw your own conclusions, which is tough to do until all of the evidence comes out. However the evidence stacking up against Hernandez does not look good:
Did Hernandez shoot the guy on purpose? In self defense? Is it a situation like former New Jersey Nets star Jayson Williams, who drunkenly accidentally fired a gun, and killed his limo driver? Did Hernandez help cover up a murder scene? Did he withhold information from police? Was he totally unaware of the murder and not guilty of any crime?
Time will tell. However, he better start looking into some Ray Lewis-style fall guys, who will do some time to get Hernandez out of this situation and back onto the football field with as little punishment as possible.