Aaron Hernandez reportedly questioned by police in homicide probe

Aaron-Hernandez-PatriotsWith Rob Gronkowski having undergone back surgery on Tuesday, the last thing the New England Patriots need is to lose fellow tight end Aaron Hernandez. That is why Pats fans will likely hold their collective breath when they hear that Hernandez is reportedly being questioned by police in connection with a homicide that may have taken place near his home.

Two police officers were parked outside Hernandez’s home in North Attleboro, Mass. for most of the day on Tuesday. According to The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro, via SI.com, a vehicle rented in Hernandez’s name has emerged as a key piece of evidence in the case. Police are interested in questioning the 23-year-old tight end and may ask to search his home.

On Monday, a jogger found the body of a 27-year-old Boston man in a clearing in North Attleboro less than a mile from Hernandez’s home. Police have reportedly identified a 2013 Chevy Suburban rental car with Rhode Island license plates that is tied to Hernandez’s name and possibly connected to the murder. Investigators are reportedly hoping to analyze the Enterpise rental for fingerprints.

A Sports Illustrated source confirmed that Hernandez has spoken to authorities in connection with the case, but specified that he is not believed to be a murder suspect.

While little is known about the case and there is absolutely no reason to speculate that Hernandez is guilty of anything, it’s always concerning to hear that a player’s name is tied with a murder investigation. If nothing else, having his name involved with a situation like this could present a distraction for Hernandez and the Patriots.

UPDATE (8:34 p.m.): ABC News has reported that police have indeed conducted a search of Hernandez’s home, though two sources say he was being “uncooperative” with police since the body of the 27-year-old man was found. Two of Hernandez’s friends also reportedly tried to leave his house at the time of the search but were stopped by police at the end of the driveway.

Hernandez is still not considered to be a suspect in the potential murder, but it’s never good to hear the word “uncooperative” when dealing with a homicide investigation.

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Bill Belichick kissed Aaron Hernandez’s boo-boo

Bill Belichick is often viewed as a “Robo coach” who displays very few feelings and emotions, but we’re learning that’s not who he really is. The Patriots coach actually showed some compassion during one of the team’s recent practices.

According to the Boston Globe, tight end Aaron Hernandez hurt his elbow during Wednesday’s practice and Bill Belichick went to kiss the boo-boo (see the photo here).

“I had a little bruise on my elbow and I was whining about it, and he was just showing me the love of a father figure and he gave me a kiss on the elbow,” Hernandez said after practice on Friday, according to the Globe.

Hernandez didn’t ask Belichick to kiss it but …

“I damn sure liked it though. Felt some love,” said Hernandez.

It’s getting mushy at Pats practice, enough to make me cry.

Photo credits: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE; Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE

Aaron Hernandez will never be satisfied because he always wants more money

I’m sure Bill Belichick will be pleased to hear that tight end Aaron Hernandez is never satisfied, but it’s probably a little alarming for fans to read that he always wants more money. I double-checked to make sure the Patriots tight end wasn’t citing some rap lyrics or something on that tweet, and it doesn’t look like he was. Take this as a forewarning, Patriots fans: when your tight end leaves in free agency many years down the line it really was about the money. Oh yeah, that tweet also probably explains his whole touchdown dance celebration too.

Aaron Hernandez Eats Grilled Chicken at Locker to Mock Red Sox, Boston Media

Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez ate a piece of grilled chicken in front of his locker while meeting with the media Thursday. The choice of food clearly mocked the Red Sox, and potentially the Boston media.

The Boston Globe reported that some Red Sox pitchers habitually drank beer, ate fried chicken, and played video games in the clubhouse during games. Most people laughed off the fried chicken part, wondering what that had to do with the team’s collapse. By eating the chicken, Hernandez appeared to mock the media. But Hernandez also had a piece of grilled chicken, rather than fried chicken, to make it seem like he wasn’t an out-of-shape slob like the Red Sox pitchers.

You can watch the entire video at NFL.com, but it’s pretty uneventful. You have to figure Hernandez will be disciplined for his joke. Not only does this veer from the Patriots’ four rules for dealing with the media, but it’s also similar to the Wes Welker press conference that mocked Rex Ryan. Welker’s joke resulted in a benching during a playoff game. I wouldn’t be surprised if the same thing happened to Hernandez.

Aaron Hernandez Made it Rain After Scoring Touchdown

Aaron Hernandez was an absolute monster for the Patriots on Monday night. The second-year tight end caught 7 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown against the Dolphins. He nearly scored two touchdowns on the same drive but he was ruled down at the one after catching a long pass. It was no problem for his fantasy owners because a few plays later, Tom Brady went right back to him for a score to make it 28-17. Afterwards, Hernandez made it rain in the end zone:

Given the negative connotation “making it rain” holds in the NFL, you have to wonder if that will result in a fine from Roger Goodell. Why not, doesn’t everything else result in a fine?