Three men were arrested early Saturday morning at a West Hartford, Conn. diner following a fight that reportedly involved Aaron Hernandez’s name. According to the Hartford Courant, police say the fight broke out after someone shouted out Hernandez’s name when they saw a person they thought looked like the former New England Patriots tight end.
“It was determined that the fight started over a mistaken identity; someone thought they had seen Aaron Hernandez and shouted out ‘Hey, Aaron Hernandez,’” police wrote in a press release.
The victim of the mistaken identity may have been Aaron’s brother DJ Hernandez, though he was not one of the three men arrested after the scrum. Alberto Lopez, 30, Jesus Agosto, 36 and Thomas Miller, 30, were all arrested and charged with third-degree assault, breach of peace and third-degree criminal mischief.
Police say Lopez and Miller told them that they had been sitting at a table with DJ Hernandez when someone yelled Aaron Hernandez’s name. The person who yelled Aaron’s name was allegedly told to shut up, which is when the fight broke out. A woman who was sitting nearby was punched in the face and pushed to the ground during the melee.
DJ Hernandez is a former quarterback and captain at the University of Connecticut. He is now an assistant coach at Iowa State. Police added that they “have no idea” if DJ was in the restaurant before or during the fight, because he was not there when they arrived at the scene.
You have to feel sorry for DJ, whether he was at the diner over the weekend or not. We can only imagine how difficult it would be to be the brother of an NFL player who has found himself at the center of multiple murder investigations.
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