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Aaron Hernandez was reportedly involved in domestic dispute; neighbors call him a ‘nightmare’

Aaron Hernandez PatriotsStories of Aaron Hernandez’s checkered past continue to surface on a daily basis as he sits at the Bristol County House of Correction wondering what the future will bring. We knew Hernandez failed drug tests in college and hung out with some shady characters, but the more we learn about him the easier it is to see why he slipped to the fourth round of the draft.

On Tuesday, TMZ released two separate reports about past instances where police had to be called because of incidents allegedly involving Hernandez. The first reportedly involved a domestic incident a year ago with his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, at Hernandez’s rental home in a beachside community in Los Angeles.

TMZ cited law enforcement officials who claim a neighbor in Hernandez’s Hermosa Beach community called the police to report that Aaron and Shayanna were “fighting.” When officers arrived, Jenkins reportedly told them she was OK and did not want to press charges. The sources also said police went to the home several times for noise complaints and that Hernandez “acted like and a**hole.”

[Related: Aaron Hernandez claims he has no ties to gangs]

In the second report, sources reportedly told TMZ that Jenkins called the cops on Hernandez at the same Hermosa Beach home after he allegedly punched a window and cut his hand badly enough that “there was blood everywhere.”

According to the source, Hernandez and his buddies had been partying from 4 p.m. to 9 a.m and Jenkins wanted the party to end. Law enforcement sources said Aaron “had no regard” for anyone who complained about his parties. TMZ also noted that Hernandez’s neighbors have used the word “nightmare” to describe him.

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Considering both of these incidents are said to have occurred within the past year, it doesn’t sound like Hernandez was as grateful for his $40 million extension with New England as he claimed he was. The Patriots had to have known about some of this stuff, and I’m sure the thought of buyer’s remorse crossed their minds on at least a few occasions.

Aaron Hernandez reportedly denied having any gang ties

Aaron HernandezIf Aaron Hernandez is affiliated or was affiliated with any type of street gang, he is choosing to keep that information from the police. On Monday, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hogson told the Boston Herald that the former New England Patriots tight end told correctional officers that he has never been a member of a gang.

An examination of his tattoos must have revealed the same, because a report on Monday stated that the jail’s gang unit is not as concerned about Hernandez’s potential involvement in gang activity as they were originally.

“He talked to our gang 
investigators and said he didn’t have any involvement,” Hodgson said, noting that the matter is still being investigated. “We always take extra precautions. We don’t have any definite issues at this point, but we’re still being very cautious.”

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Despite that, Hernandez was moved to a new cell block on Monday where he does not have one-on-one interaction with other inmates. While he has been described as a “model inmate” and gang affiliation is no longer a major concern, Hodgson said they are still being cautious with Hernandez in case any of the other prisoners want to “make a name for themselves.”

Hernandez has a tattoo on his right hand that has led to speculation about his potential involvement with gangs, but to this point it appears nothing has come of it. It will be interesting to see if that holds true throughout the course of the investigation.

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DA in Aaron Hernandez case seeks public’s help in locating missing car mirror

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Bristol District Attorney Sam Sutter turned to the public for help in the Odin Lloyd murder case on Tuesday morning, putting out a picture of a silver 2013 Nissan Altima with a missing side-view mirror. According to the Boston Herald, police believe the mirror could be a key piece of evidence and are asking for assistance in locating it.

Aaron Hernandez is believed to have been riding in the car along with Odin Lloyd and two other suspects, Ernest Wallace and Victor Ortiz, shortly before Lloyd was murdered.

“This mirror may be found in a wooded or secluded area, somewhere close to the route from Fayston Street Boston down Route 95, to Ronald C Meyer Drive North Attleboro,” Sutter said in a press release. “The North Attleboro Police and the Massachusetts State Police Detectives … continue to actively investigate the homicide. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of this evidence, please notify the North Attleboro Police Department at (508) 695-1212.”

Police have had decent luck so far in locating evidence and suspects when turning to the public for help. Less than 24 hours after investigators released wanted posters with Wallace’s face on them, the 41-year-old turned himself in. Prior to that, a resident of an apartment complex in Connecticut helped locate a silver vehicle police believe Hernandez may have rented as a getaway car for his accomplices.

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Bill Belichick is vacationing in Italy during Aaron Hernandez murder drama

Bill-Belichick-hoodieBill Belichick has not provided any comment on the ongoing Aaron Hernandez murder investigation, and we would not expect him to. For starters, the investigation is still in progress. The NFL would not want anyone commenting about it in detail, but we know Belichick would take that to another level. But to make matters easier, the New England Patriots coach has been out of the country since the story broke.

According to the NY Post, Belichick was spotted at a train station in Venice, Italy with his girlfriend Linda Holliday on Friday. The couple has reportedly been traveling through Italy and stopping at various locations. Talk about convenient.

Many of you will be quick to accuse Belichick of hiding from a major organizational scandal, but he was reportedly out of the country when Hernandez’s name first arose in connection with the murder. That includes when Hernandez went to the Patriots facility before he was arrested and was told he is not allowed there anymore.

Nevertheless, I’m sure Belichick is pleased with the way the timing worked out. He had his hands full with all the Tim Tebow questions before any major news surfaced about Hernandez, and he was already getting cranky about that. Reporters are going to pepper Belichick with questions about Hernandez when he returns from Europe, but allow me to answer for him.

“We’re only worried about players who are with our team.”

Yeah, that about covers it.

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Jail not concerned Aaron Hernandez’s tattoos are gang-related

Aaron HernandezWhen Aaron Hernandez was taken into custody last week, there was some concern that his tattoos might put him at jeopardy in jail. Officials planned to examine Hernandez’s tattoos for possible gang ties to determine where they should place him within the facility. Apparently they have determined that concerns about Hernandez’s gang affiliations were overblown.

ESPN’s Bob Holtzman reported on Monday that jail officials say Hernandez has acclimated well to jail. He also says that the jail’s gang unit analyzed Hernandez through an interview and look at his tattoos and are “not as concerned about gang affiliation” as they were initially.

[Photo: Examining Aaron Hernandez’s ‘blood’ tattoo on his right hand]

TMZ reported on Monday that Hernandez underwent an evaluation and the jail decided to place him in an isolated cell away from the general population to protect him from potential harm.

Hernandez is being held at the Bristol County House of Corrections in North Dartmouth, Mass., as he faces first-degree murder charges for the killing of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Prosecutors have alleged that Hernandez orchestrated the murder of Lloyd. Hernandez is also facing five other charges.

[Related: Aaron Hernandez reportedly had gang ties]

The two men Hernandez allegedly texted to return to Massachusetts the night Lloyd was killed are also believed to be in custody. Those two men — Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace — are also facing charges.

A report published over the weekend suggested that Hernandez may have murdered Lloyd over drugs and other secrets the 27-year-old knew about the tight end. Hernandez was released by the New England Patriots the morning he was arrested last week. The team reportedly did not know that Hernandez was going to be facing murder charges when they released him.

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Aaron Hernandez’s name reportedly sparks diner brawl, possibly involving brother DJ Hernandez

Aaron HernandezThree 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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Aaron Hernandez jerseys have suddenly become collector’s items

Aaron-hernandez-jerseysAs far as the New England Patriots are concerned, Aaron Hernandez jerseys are worthless. Any fan who owns a No. 81 Hernandez jersey that was purchased through the team’s official proshop is welcome to exchange it for another jersey this weekend at no cost. However, you might be better off selling it on eBay.

According to the Boston Globe, Hernandez jerseys are currently selling for big money on the internet. Patriots fan John Lamothe threw his No. 81 jersey on eBay last week and watched it fetch $289. Another fan, Lynn L’Heureux, paid $100 for a Hernandez jersey before the murder charge and watched the eBay bidding climb to $127 over the weekend — before the auction even ended.

“I can’t think of any reason why people would want it,” L’Heureux said, via Pro Football Talk. “They might think it will go up in value later on, and maybe it will, but I’m not interested. I just don’t want it in my possession. I want to use the money to buy a jersey that reflects my pride in the Patriots.”

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There are a number of other jerseys currently for sale on eBay that are going for upwards of $100 and $200. Standard Nike game jerseys go for around $100 at the Patriots Proshop while authentic jerseys go for about $250, so folks are clearly turning a profit by auctioning off their Hernandez jerseys.

If the moral issue of making a profit off an alleged murderer’s jersey doesn’t bother you, I’d recommend selling your Hernandez jersey on eBay rather than trading it into the Patriots. With the way things are going, you’ll get enough money to buy a new jersey and pocket some cash.