Aaron Hernandez not allowed to watch any Patriots games in jail

Aaron HernandezIf Aaron Hernandez is interested in finding out how his former team is faring in its quest for a Super Bowl trophy, he will have to learn via word of mouth. The general population at the Bristol County House of Correction was allowed to watch one hour of the AFC Divisional Round playoff game between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Hernandez was not allowed to watch any.

Bristol Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson reminded the Boston Herald on Monday that Hernandez is housed in a special-management unit because he is a high-profile inmate. As a result, he is confined to his cell for 21 hours a day and not permitted to watch any television. No inmates get private TV time, and Hernandez is not allowed to be around other inmates.

“It’s jail,” Hodgson said, noting that Hernandez has requested to watch TV before and been denied. “It’s all about standards and sending a message.”

Hernandez is placed in an outdoor 12-foot by 8-foot enclosure three times a day for one hour. There is no equipment in the enclosure, so it’s basically just an opportunity to get some fresh air before he goes back to the cell.

It sounds like the 24-year-old’s former teammates are having a lot more fun than he is at the moment.

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Aaron Hernandez sued for wrongful death by family of Odin Lloyd

Aaron HernandezThe family of Odin Lloyd, the man who Aaron Hernandez has been charged with killing, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the former New England Patriots tight end. Hernandez is currently being held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder.

According to documents obtained by The Herald News in Fall River, Mass., the lawsuit alleges Hernandez “maliciously, willfully, wantonly, recklessly or by gross negligence caused Odin Lloyd to suffer personal injuries that directly resulted in his death.” The lawsuit does not specify how much the Lloyd family is seeking in compensatory and punitive damages, though it is believed the number exceeds the value of Hernandez’s $1.25 million home.

In other words, the Lloyd family is alleging that Hernandez’s behavior in some way resulted in the death of Odin Lloyd, whether the 24-year-old pulled the trigger or not. The family is also seeking a court order to block the Patriots from paying the roughly $3 million of Hernandez’s contract that he believes he is still owed, as well as a real estate attachment up to $5 million on Hernandez’s home that would prevent him from placing it beyond the court’s reach if damages are awarded.

Prosecutors have previously claimed that Hernandez orchestrated the June 17 shooting of Lloyd. The filing includes a search warrant affidavit that details the Lloyd murder investigation.

In related news, police are currently investigating the death of another woman with ties to Hernandez. A woman from Hernandez’s hometown of Bristol, Conn. named Tabitha Perry was found dead on Monday. She is the same woman who survived a car crash in June that killed Thaddeus Singleton III, another associate of Hernandez. In August, Hernandez’s uncle Robert Valentine died in a moped crash.

The first two incidents were ruled as accidents and police reportedly do not suspect any suspicious activity at this point in their investigation of Perry’s death.

Aaron Hernandez reportedly letting other inmates respond to his female fan mail

Aaron HernandezFormer New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been receiving a lot of fan mail since he was charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd and sent to jail. Being the generous and kind-hearted guy that he is, the 24-year-old has decided to share the wealth.

TMZ has obtained some letters that were sent to a woman as responses to a letter she sent Hernandez at the Bristol County House of Corrections. The responses were not from the former NFL star. Instead, the young lady says she received replies from some of Hernandez’s “roommates” named John and Rondo. Here are some samples from the letters, which can be seen in their entirety here.


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Mike Pouncey testifies before grand jury in Aaron Hernandez case

Mike-Pouncey-DolphinsMiami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey reportedly missed practice on Wednesday to travel to Massachusetts so he could testify before a grand jury in the Aaron Hernandez murder case. The Palm Beach Post noted that Pouncey was absent and listed as “non-injury” on the team’s Wednesday practice report.

The Dolphins are set to take on the New England Patriots on Sunday in what is virtually a must-win for Miami if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. Instead of practicing with his teammates, Pouncey was likely answering a number of questions about his friendship with Hernandez that dates back to their playing days at the University of Florida.

As we know, Hernandez is currently in jail awaiting trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Pouncey and his twin brother Maurkice were photographed wearing ‘Free Hernandez’ hats shortly after Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder. Maurkice later apologized for wearing the hat, but Mike avoided the subject.

It is unclear what information investigators sought from Pouncey, as Hernandez is awaiting trial for the murder of Lloyd and prosecutors have also reportedly been pushing for him to be charged for his possible involvement in a drive-by shooting that left two dead in 2012. The fact that Pouncey was called to testify does not mean he did anything wrong. A previous report indicated that he may be asked about potential interstate gun trafficking by Hernandez.

Prosecutors claim Aaron Hernandez’s fiance Shayanna Jenkins lied 29 times to grand jury

Aaron HernandezShayanna Jenkins, the fiancee of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, could play a major role in the investigation and trial surrounding the murder of Odin Lloyd. In fact, she already has. And that could be a very bad thing for her.

According to the Boston Globe, Jenkins is facing charges of lying to a grand jury 29 times. Prosecutors claim that Jenkins lied about conversations she had with Hernandez on June 18, including one in which he allegedly called her from his lawyer’s office and told her to remove items from his home.

As we previously shared with you, Jenkins has reportedly been seen on surveillance footage carrying a trash bag out of Hernandez’s basement and putting it in the trunk of her car. She is said to have returned 35 minutes later without the bag. Prosecutors claim Jenkins has since lied about why she removed the items, what the items were, and how she disposed of them.

As Pro Football Talk speculated, the prosecution’s goal could be to get Hernandez to agree to some sort of deal that would keep Jenkins, who is the mother of his child, out of prison. Or, perhaps Jenkins will be willing to provide crucial information that could incriminate Hernandez when she realizes the ramifications of the charges that are expected to be brought against her.

Double murder survivor says he saw shooter’s face and it was Aaron Hernandez

Aaron HernandezAs Aaron Hernandez remains locked up at the Bristol County House of Corrections awaiting trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, investigators have continued to fish for details surrounding a double homicide that took place in Boston in 2012. With the way the case has reportedly developed, prosecutors may wind up having a stronger case against Hernandez in that shooting than they do with the Lloyd murder.

On Tuesday morning, Mike Beaudet of FOX 25 in Boston told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher and Rich” that a survivor who claims to have been in the car that was shot at during the 2012 double murder has come forward. The survivor has reportedly told police that he saw the shooter’s face and that the shooter was Hernandez.

An interview with the survivor is set to air on FOX 25 at 10 p.m. EST on Tuesday.

Should it be determined that the alleged survivor is indeed telling the truth and was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, this would obviously be a major development. Investigators have already reportedly seized surveillance footage from a nightclub that shows Hernandez with the two victims just hours before they were killed. The gun used in the drive-by shooting was also reportedly found inside a woman’s car who is from Hernandez’s hometown of Bristol, Conn.

At the time of the shooting in 2012, police announced they were seeking information about a gray SUV with Rhode Island license plates. In June, a silver Toyota SUV with Rhode Island plates was towed from Hernandez’s uncle’s home in Bristol.

It will be interesting to hear what the alleged survivor has to say about the incident, but it seems obvious that Hernandez’s lawyers will inevitably have plenty to worry about aside from the Lloyd murder.

Aaron Hernandez supporters show up to watch him plead not guilty

Aaron HernandezAaron Hernandez pled not guilty to all charges at his arraignment on Friday, as expected. The only surprise people witnessed during the proceedings (but not really) were the animated supporters that showed up wearing Hernandez jerseys and shirts featuring positive messages about the former New England Patriots tight end.

According to the Boston Globe’s Wesley Lowery, several people showed up to the arraignment and filled some of the court room’s public seats wearing Hernandez jerseys and shirts that said things like “Free AH 81″ on them. One woman even wore a shirt she made herself:

ESPN’s Michele Steele spoke to the same folks Lowery was referring to, and they informed her that they are not related to Hernandez but are simply supporters.

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