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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.

Arrest warrant reportedly issued for Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez PatriotsYou knew it was only a matter of time. According to WBZ in Boston, an arrest warrant has been issued for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in connection with the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.

WBZ says Hernandez will be charged with obstruction of justice, and that the charge could eventually be upgraded.

WBZ says Hernandez was cooperative with police at first but stopped talking with them after hiring a law firm.

Hernandez reportedly destroyed his cell phone and the hard drive to his home security system, which likely contributed to the obstruction of justice charge.

The Boston Herald reported on Friday that Hernandez was kicked out of the Patriots’ facility in Foxboro after reporting for a workout on Thursday.

UPDATE (10:47 a.m.): As the news regarding Hernandez’s potential arrest continues to go back and forth, the Boston Globe is now reporting that no arrest warrants have been issued for anyone at this point in connection with the murder.

UPDATE (11:52 a.m.): Sources at ABC News apparently agree with the initial report from WBZ, as they have reported that the police are preparing an arrest warrant for Hernandez.

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Report: Aaron Hernandez drove car with Odin Lloyd in it, returned without Lloyd

Aaron HernandezA new report from Boston FOX 25 Boston reporter Ted Daniel heavily implicates Aaron Hernandez in the homicide case of Odin Lloyd.

The New England Patriots tight end reportedly had been uncooperative with the investigation into the homicide of Lloyd, whose body was found on Monday around a mile from Hernandez’s home. Hernandez has not been named as a suspect nor ruled out as a suspect, according to various reports. But Daniel reports some information that makes it seem like Hernandez was somehow involved or connected to the murder.

According to Daniels, Hernandez, Lloyd, and two others were at a bar the night of the homicide. At some point they left the bar, which reportedly was confirmed via text message sent by Lloyd to a friend. Daniels does not know what happened after that, but his source told him three men returned to Hernandez’s home without Lloyd.

Here’s what Daniel reported on Twitter Wednesday:

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Did Pacman Jones use self-defense on woman? You make the call

Pacman Jones has been charged with assault for punching a woman at a bar in Cincinnati last week, but the Bengals cornerback is claiming that he acted in self-defense.

ESPN 1530 in Cincinnati obtained security footage of the incident, which allows us to review what happened.

It’s hard to tell exactly what was going on, but it looks like Pacman was walking along the sidewalk next to the bar’s outdoor patio. He stops to talk to a few people seated on the patio. As he’s talking with them, a woman who was standing against the wall of the bar approaches him and they begin to talk (or argue). Pacman leans over the rail to talk with the woman and points his finger at her. The woman then reaches out and sticks her beer bottle in Pacman’s face, almost like she wanted to pour it on him (screencap below).

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Pacman Jones charged with assault for punching female, claims self defense

Since he entered the NFL in 2005, Pacman Jones has gotten into trouble about as much as an NFL player can get into trouble without destroying his career. Prior to this week, he had been able to keep a low profile for nearly two full years. However, Jones tweeted on Monday that he has been arrested and charged with assault.

Pacman-Jones-Says-He-Was-too-Immature-With-TitansJones broke the news with his tweet, and the Cincinnati Enquirer later confirmed that the Bengals cornerback has been arrested for allegedly punching a female outside a bar. As you can see from the message he sent to his roughly 30,000 followers, Jones is claiming self defense.

According to Pacman’s agent Peter Schaffer, Jones was at a bar after the Reds-Rockies game last Wednesday when he was attacked. Schaffer claims two women approached Jones and asked to have a picture taken with him, but he refused because he is married and doesn’t want photos of him with women floating around the internet.

After he turned the request down, Schaffer says someone threw a bottle at Jones so he turned around and slapped the person. He supposedly had no idea that a woman had thrown it.

“If this was anyone else they don’t charge him and they arrest the girl who threw the bottle, not the guy,” Schaffer said. “Given what Adam has been through with the legal process he has been incredibly positive and believes he will be vindicated.”

For whatever reason, trouble seems to find Jones. His most recent arrest, which took place in July 2011, brought us this classic mugshot that stemmed from a bar fight. Prior to that in October 2010, he was mistakenly arrested because police confused him with another man named Adam Jones. And before that — well, you can click here for a full recap of his checkered past. It never seems to stop.