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Video: NFL player charged with murder

posted at 5:30 pm on June 26, 2013 by

I held off on posting anything about this until I knew for certain that charges would be filed against now-former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. That happened this afternoon, in a strange story that has been developing for more than a week after the murder of semi-pro player Odin Lloyd:

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged Wednesday with murdering a friend a few days after they got into a dispute at a nightclub.

Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs Wednesday morning, more than a week after Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd’s bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez’s home. Soon after his arrest, the Patriots announced they had cut Hernandez from the team.

Lloyd was a 27-year-old semi-pro football player for the Boston Bandits. His relatives said he was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee, that the two men were friends and that the men were out together on the last night of Lloyd’s life. He was shot multiple times in the back and chest, authorities said.

Hernandez was charged with murder and weapons counts.

In court, prosecutors described a killing borne out of a dispute at a Boston nightclub on the night of June 14, but they didn’t say exactly what supposedly did to anger Hernandez.

 

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Hernandez threw so much away.

jazzuscounty on June 26, 2013 at 5:40 PM

they didn’t say exactly what supposedly did to anger Hernandez.

Dating the sister of the fiancee? I think we can put two and two together.

John the Libertarian on June 26, 2013 at 6:10 PM

They also charged him with one count of being a New England Patriot, a felony punishable by life in prison.

Mark1971 on June 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Brutal, read that he shot the guy 3 times, then walked up to him while he was on the ground, and shot him twice in the chest.

The cops also have video of Hernandez coming home after the murder with a gun in hand, and he goes to turn off the security system. So I guess we know why he tried to destroy everything.

El_Terrible on June 26, 2013 at 6:41 PM

On the other hand, Tebow’s prospects for getting major playing time just went up.

El_Terrible on June 26, 2013 at 6:41 PM

What wasn’t mentioned much by the Prosecution, OR by anyone else in the press is the lack of charges or information about the two other men who were with Hernandez (allegedly) before and after the murder. As Hernandez’ attorney points out, despite all the bloviating by the District Attorney (in front of the cameras) it’s still very much a weak circumstantial case. No murder weapon, VERY tight windows of opportunity, no witnesses, etc.

I’m not saying Hernandez is innocent, not by any means, but I’m not gonna rush to judgement until we see what actually comes out at the trial. I’m going to be especially interested in why there was no testimony laid out at the hearing today from the other two men who were supposed to be with Hernandez. You’d think that if they were cooperating witnesses, a summation of their testimony would have been included, since the DA basically laid out ALL the other evidence in a bid to ensure that bail was denied.

TKindred on June 26, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Are you surprised? They play a child’s game for millions of dollars when in a fair world, they would be getting mowed down like the gangbangers they are. People need to stop putting sports cro magnons on a pedestal simply because their emotional development peaked sophomore year in high school.

antisense on June 26, 2013 at 6:57 PM

They also charged him with one count of being a New England Patriot, a felony punishable by life in prison.

Mark1971 on June 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Classy.

Del Dolemonte on June 26, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Are you surprised? They play a child’s game for millions of dollars when in a fair world, they would be getting mowed down like the gangbangers they are. People need to stop putting sports cro magnons on a pedestal simply because their emotional development peaked sophomore year in high school.

Not saying you’re wrong but it sounds like it came from geek who routinely got picked on by bigger stronger kids. Bitter much?

NTropy on June 26, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Are you surprised? They play a child’s game for millions of dollars when in a fair world, they would be getting mowed down like the gangbangers they are. People need to stop putting sports cro magnons on a pedestal simply because their emotional development peaked sophomore year in high school.

antisense on June 26, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Oh, no, not surprised at all…professional athletes as murderers are as commonplace as 0dumba’s lies – we hear about this all the time, so this isn’t really news, don’t you know!

Anti-Control on June 26, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Are you surprised? They play a child’s game for millions of dollars

antisense on June 26, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Uh, whatever it may be, football is certainly not a child’s game. It is just this side of gladitorial combat…

JohnGalt23 on June 26, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Paul Bucher was perfectly willing to bring charges against Mark Chmura in the face of overwhelming evidence that no crime was committed. He did it for political reasons. The jury said afterward that they came to a decision in about 10 minutes, but they thought it would look better if they didn’t call for the bailiff for a couple of hours. Even though he was acquitted, the accusation ruined Chmura’s career.

I think I’ll wait to hear the evidence before I make up my mind about Hernandez.

I wonder why the Patriots haven’t treated Hernandez the same way that the Ravens treated Ray Lewis.

jaime on June 26, 2013 at 10:48 PM

The dead giveaway (no pun) that he was headed for the big house is when they said they just wanted to question him.

viking01 on June 26, 2013 at 11:52 PM

There is some texting evidence right before the execution between the victim and his sister in which he appears to know what is coming and identifies his assailant as “NFL” and texts to his sister,…”Just so you know.”

a capella on June 27, 2013 at 12:37 AM

I think I’ll wait to hear the evidence before I make up my mind about Hernandez.

I wonder why the Patriots haven’t treated Hernandez the same way that the Ravens treated Ray Lewis.

jaime on June 26, 2013 at 10:48 PM

If Ray Lewis had done what Hernandez did, with the same amount of evidence against him, the Ravens would have let him go, too.

Hernandez is not getting out of this.

Anti-Control on June 27, 2013 at 4:11 AM

NFL: The New Face of Obamacare

blammm on June 27, 2013 at 8:21 AM

I wonder why the Patriots haven’t treated Hernandez the same way that the Ravens treated Ray Lewis.

jaime on June 26, 2013 at 10:48 PM

As I was cooling down from a workout I caught a little bit of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption”. Can’t remember the commentators’ names but they were going on and on about the parallels between this and the Ray Lewis case. Mewling about how Ray Lewis, after his pleading no contest to obstructing justice, became the face of the NFL. Guess what guys? He became the face of the NFL because YOU made him so. Your short memories allowed you to virtually canonize him while Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar are still dead, the case has never been solved, and ESPN has hired Lewis as a contributer for their NFL coverage.

Stop whining about the thugs you promote.

Mitoch55 on June 27, 2013 at 9:03 AM

I was on a business trip visiting a vendor yesterday and drove through Attleboro MA. I was wondering what the circus was at the courthouse. The street was almost blocked and it seemed like camera trucks and camera setups from every station in existence were there.

Dr. Frank Enstine on June 27, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Not saying you’re wrong but it sounds like it came from geek who routinely got picked on by bigger stronger kids. Bitter much?

NTropy on June 26, 2013 at 7:10 PM

There are all sorts of replies to what antisense wrote including the obvious observation that professional athletes are a diverse group of people. But you chose to validate high school bullying. What’s up with that?

thuja on June 27, 2013 at 10:27 AM

But how will this impact Obama’s plan to use the NFL to hip people to Obamacare’s awesomeness?

forest on June 27, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Scumbag Gator.

Ward Cleaver on June 27, 2013 at 10:41 AM

But how will this impact Obama’s plan to use the NFL to hip people to Obamacare’s awesomeness?

forest on June 27, 2013 at 10:31 AM

It’s a helpful visualization of what the Death Panels will look like.

blammm on June 27, 2013 at 10:56 AM

But how will this impact Obama’s plan to use the NFL to hip people to Obamacare’s awesomeness?
forest on June 27, 2013 at 10:31 AM

No problem! Hernandez will plea-bargain with Holder to get probation, and in turn he’ll become the NFL spokesman for ObamaScare.

Hernandez in a PSA: “Greetings, !@#$%^&*! You !@#$%^&* had best be signing up for a !@#$%^&* qualified health plan ASAP, or my !@#$%^&* associates and I will be paying you a !@#$%^&* visit!”

Should work wonders with the 18-27 crowd…

Marcola on June 27, 2013 at 12:02 PM

My local talk radio station morning show was discussing this this morning. Someone made the observation that a not-insignificant number of pro-players were treated with kid gloves during high school and college; no matter what they did or what their grades were, they were golden and everyone covered for them. So they never had to learn how to behave like the sort of young man most of us would be willing to let our daughters go out with, including self-control.

As soon as they said that all I could think about were those “kids” in Stuebenville, who thought nothing of partying all night (at 16 and 17) and raping a drunk girl. No one had ever taught them right from wrong, because they were the stars of the town.

Imagine their lives six/seven years from now if that rape hadn’t come to light? They would have finished up high school, probably gone on to college with a football scholarship, and if they survived there, (and there’s a fair bit of at least anecdotal evidence that similar behaviour at the college level is also covered up for the good of the money making team), and then if one of them had been good enough to be an NFL draft pick?

Supposedly 27 NFL players have been arrested since the beginning of the year. If so, it’s pretty obvious that maybe the high school and college teams are doing okay, but they aren’t doing right by their players if they teach them that they can have and do anything they want with no repercussions, just because they play ball well.

LibraryGryffon on June 27, 2013 at 12:52 PM