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Florida may have paid off bouncer whose ear drum was broken by Aaron Hernandez

Tim Tebow Aaron HernandezIf you’re wondering why so many incidents involving Aaron Hernandez went unreported until now, it may be because some of them were covered up.

For instance, earlier on Tuesday we shared a report saying Hernandez punched a bouncer at a bar in 2007 when he was a 17-year-old at Florida. Hernandez apparently was at a campus bar called The Swamp and received two alcoholic drinks from a waitress and did not want to pay his bill. Bouncer Michael Taphorn supposedly got in Hernandez’s face and asked him to leave, and the tight end punched the bouncer in the side of the head.

Though Taphorn declined medical treatment at the time, he later discovered that he had a ruptured ear drum. The Orlando Sentinel says Gainesville police recommended felony charges for Hernandez, but the young player went uncharged. USA Today says that is probably because Florida reached a settlement with Taphorn.

According to USA Today, which obtained a supplemental report, Taphorn initially was adamant about pursuing charges. However, he later changed his mind and told police he was thinking about dropping the charges.

An investigator wrote in the report, “Taphorn did state that he had been contacted by legal staff and coaches with UF and that they may be working on an agreement. However, nothing is finalized.”

Taphorn was advised that he would have to contact the State Attorney’s Office if he wanted to drop the charges.

If Florida did reach a settlement with Taphorn so that he wouldn’t pursue charges, I’m sure that outcome would come as a huge shock to all of you college football fans. Programs paying off people or getting the police to drop charges? That sort of thing never happens!

Police locate rental car prosecutors say Aaron Hernandez rented so accomplices could get away

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North Attleboro police confirmed on Friday morning that the Chrysler 300 they had been searching for in connection with the murder of Odin Lloyd has been located in Bristol, Conn. The car is believed to have been rented by Aaron Hernandez and has also been tied to 41-year-old Ernest Wallace, for whom police are searching.

Wallace was last seen driving the Chrysler, which you see above courtesy of the Boston Globe’s Wesley Lowery, and is considered to be armed and dangerous. The car was seized early Friday morning.

On Thursday, police issued a wanted poster for Wallace, who is accused of being an accessory after the fact in the murder of Lloyd. Fox 25 Boston shared a photo of the poster and other photos of Wallace here:

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Gilbert Arenas arrested for speeding with truckload of fireworks

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Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas was arrested early Thursday morning in Sherman Oaks, Calif., for misdemeanor possession of fireworks. He was pulled over because he was speeding, and he did not have a valid California driver’s license.

West Valley CHP public information officer Leland Tang tells Larry Brown Sports that the former Washington Wizards star was traveling west on the 101 freeway at about 2:30 a.m. Tang says Arenas was driving about 80 mph on the freeway, where the speed limit is 65. He was pulled over for speeding just past Coldwater Canyon and exited at Woodman Ave.

Officers observed the entire bed of Arenas’ truck filled to the edge with “big, huge boxes of fireworks.” The officers approached Arenas and saw that the cab of his four-door Ford F150 truck was also filled with fireworks. Officers questioned Arenas, but he would not say where he got the fireworks. LAPD bombsquad was called to handle the fireworks and take possession of the explosives.

Arenas was transported to Van Nuys jail where he was booked, fingerprinted and released. He faces misdemeanor possession of fireworks within the LA city limits.

Though Arenas lives in Hidden Hills, he does not possess a valid California driver’s license.

Arenas lived in the DC-area while playing for the Washington Wizards from 2003-2010. The Los Angeles native spent last season in China with the Shanghai Sharks.

A three-time NBA All-Star from 2005-2007 and fan favorite, Arenas’ career went awry following multiple knee surgeries and a locker room gun incident involving a teammate.

I’m guessing Arenas bought the fireworks from Chinatown in Downtown LA and was heading back home to the west valley when he was picked up for speeding. And how dumb can you get? If you don’t have a license and are driving with illegal fireworks, why in the world would you also be speeding?

News of Arenas’ arrest was first reported by TMZ.

[Note: Arenas' outfit pictured at the top was from a previous Halloween costume, not what he was wearing during the arrest]

Odin Lloyd allegedly texted his sister he was with NFL player minutes before murder

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27-year-old Odin Lloyd was murdered last week, and former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the case on Wednesday.

The two men were said to be friends — Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee — and prosecutors allege that Hernandez was upset with Lloyd over some things, including that he spoke with some people with whom Hernandez had troubles.

So far, only Hernandez has been arrested in the case even though two others allegedly were with him in a car just before Lloyd was murdered. Statements from the prosecutor indicate that Hernandez was with Lloyd around the time the semi-pro football player was murdered.

According to the prosecutor, Hernandez texted two friends and told them to hurry back to Massachusetts that night. The three men allegedly picked up Lloyd around 2:30 a.m. on Monday.

Lloyd may have grown nervous while they were driving around in the car. He supposedly sent text messages to his sister hinting that he was with an NFL player.

“Did you see who I am with?” Lloyd supposedly texted to his sister.

When she asked who, Lloyd answered, at 3:22 a.m., “NFL,” then, a minute later, “Just so you know,” according to ESPN.

Prosecutors allege that minutes later, workers at an industrial park heard gunshots.

Hernandez was denied bail.

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Aaron Hernandez will reportedly be held without bail, leading to speculation of ‘serious charges’

Aaron Hernandez PatriotsAaron Hernandez was arrested on Thursday morning and is expected to be held without bail after his arraignment, according to FOX 25 in Boston. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 2 p.m. in Attleboro District Court. From there, it is believed Hernandez will be transported to Bristol County House of Correction and held without bail.

While the charges against Hernandez remain unknown until his arraignment, it is being widely speculated by FOX 25 and others that the 23-year-old will be facing “serious charges.” As you know, Hernandez reportedly destroyed his home security system and cell phone before turning them over to authorities  That led to speculation that he could be charged with obstruction of justice. However, it is highly unlikely that he would be held without bail unless there was a more serious charge.

[Related: Video of Aaron Hernandez being arrested at his home]

Legal experts have also called attention to the fact that Hernandez was not given the option to turn himself in and avoid being handcuffed in front of the media on Thursday morning. Officers even handcuffed him before he was allowed to put a shirt on, which again would seem to indicate he is going to be brought up on serious charges.

It’s important to point out that this is all speculation at this point, but a number of analysts and legal experts seem to agree that all signs point to very bad news for Hernandez. The fact that the Patriots released him so abruptly after he was arrested would support that theory, as NFL teams have security staff members who work closely with local authorities and would have access to information the public may not.

We’ll have more on this leading up to and after Hernandez is formally charged.

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Aaron Hernandez has been arrested

Aaron-Hernandez-arrestedAaron Hernandez was arrested at his home in North Attleboro on Wednesday morning. At about 8:45 a.m., law enforcement officials dressed in suits entered his home. Hernandez left in handcuffs two minutes later and was placed in the back of a police cruiser.

According to FOX 25 in Boston, Hernandez was taken to the North Attleboro police department for booking, though the charges that will be filed against him are unknown at this time.

Those who have followed the case closely knew it was only a matter of time before Hernandez was detained. Investigators have surely been waiting to pile up enough evidence and probable cause to bring the New England Patriots tight end up on charges.

[Related: Aaron Hernandez reportedly threatened Wes Welker]

Hernandez’s situation has gone from bad to worse over the past week-plus. What started out as the 23-year-old being questioned in a homicide probe but not a suspect has turned into a report that he was driving a car with murder victim Odin Lloyd in it the night that he was killed. Hernandez later allegedly destroyed his own home security system and cell phone before turning them over to police as potential evidence in the case.

Given the high-profile nature of the case, we can likely expect law enforcement officials to move slowly with the proceedings.

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Report: Scottie Pippen called n-word, spit on by alleged assault victim

Scottie PippenScottie Pippen was accused of putting another man in a hospital after an altercation outside a Malibu, Calif., restaurant on Sunday, and now the former Chicago Bulls legend’s side of the story is getting out.

TMZ reported Sunday that Pippen was questioned by police for allegedly kicking and punching a man outside Nobu restaurant in Malibu. The alleged victim “was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, including broken teeth and a swollen mouth. He also suffered injuries to his head and back.”

Pippen was interviewed by police but not arrested. Now we’re learning that Pippen is saying he was acting in self-defense.

According to TMZ, the alleged victim harassed Pippen throughout the evening at the restaurant, where Pippen was eating with friends and family. The alleged victim reportedly even sat down at Pippen’s table after one of the ex-NBA player’s guests got up.

TMZ reports:

After the meal, we’re told Pippen agreed to take a photo with the man outside the restaurant … but the man continued to be aggressive, demanding an autograph as well. Pippen refused and we’re told that’s when the man dropped the n-bomb, shoved the NBA legend, then spat at him.

Some of the spit supposedly landed on Pippen’s daughter, causing the former Bull to go into a rage. Photos of the alleged victim being taken away in an ambulance made everything seem more dramatic, but maybe the alleged victim wasn’t exactly innocent in the situation.