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Since the investigation into Aaron Hernandez and his possible connection with a homicide began early this week, reports have repeatedly stated that he’s not viewed as a suspect. This latest report from CBS Boston is the exception.

Citing an unnamed law enforcement source, the report indicates that Hernandez hasn’t been ruled out as a possible suspect in the North Attleboro investigation. The same source added that Hernandez currently isn’t cooperating with the authorities, meaning his attitude has apparently changed from last night when police entered his home, and arrested two men who tried to leave during the search. Police also left with a box of some kind.

Earlier this morning Hernandez drove away with a woman in the passenger seat of his Audi. The link between Hernandez and the body discovered by a jogger Monday (later identified as 27-year-old Odin Lloyd of Dorchester) is a rented Chevrolet Suburban. Both the car and the victim’s body (Odin has been referred to as an “associate”) were found roughly a mile away from his home.

I’ll update this post with further information when/if it’s available.

UPDATE (1:42 p.m. ET): I almost didn’t add this update because it’s not directly related to the story above, and therefore isn’t a true “update”. Then I started thinking about how often we stick to regular journalistic practices around here, and the fact that when a follow-up item comes with the headline “HE SHOT ME IN THE FACE”, there’s a certain sense of obligation. So, here we are.

From a TMZ story because of course, Hernandez was sued earlier this month following an alleged shooting in February after an altercation at a Miami strip club. I’ll let TMZ take over from here…

According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Hernandez and Alexander S. Bradley went to Tootsie’s Cabaret in Miami on February 13, 2013 … and during the outing, the two men got into an argument.

Bradley claims … After the dispute, both men left the club — and got into the same car which was heading to Palm Beach. During the ride, Aaron allegedly aimed his weapon at Bradley … and the gun discharged, striking Bradley in the face.

Bradley claims he suffered major injuries from the gunshot … including the loss of his right eye.

Bradley also claimed he required major surgery to reconstruct his face … which required plates and screws. Bradley also claims he suffered damage to his right hand and arm, which also required surgery.

A few, um, observations:

  • Very few good things happen at establishments named “Tootsie’s”. That’s the kind of place where good songs are ruined forever. Also, eyeballs.
  • I’ll tip-toe carefully here and try not to draw any conclusions from facts that don’t quite exist yet. But here’s what we know and maybe know: within a few days a body has been found near a rental car connected to Hernandez, and the tight end reportedly separated a man from his eye, which in turn led to reconstructive face surgery.
  • Seriously, read that again: surgery to reconstruct HIS FACE.

But here comes the real sketchiness. After Bradley sued (oh and look, he filed the lawsuit just five days before police knocked on Hernandez’s door regarding his connection with a homicide investigation) for more than $100,000, the case was reportedly dismissed four days later.

Something smells.

UPDATE (3:33 p.m. ET): And now we return to that first bit of possible criminal activity by Hernandez. You know, the whole deal about a rental car and a body.

This time there’s rosier news, at least for Hernandez. Despite the report above from CBS Boston, Sports Illustrated is again reporting that Hernandez isn’t “believed to be a murder suspect.” However, although many details have to surface and there may be a lot of ‘splainin to do, being innocent in the eyes of the rules that govern our society doesn’t always mean you’re spared from Roger Goodell’s fists of fury

Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t convicted of a crime during his night of fun in Georgia a few summers ago, yet Goodell still thought he deserved a six-game suspension. That punishment was later reduced to four games, but the overall lesson here still stands: if you’re an idiot or even connected with any sort of off-field idiocy, you may be subjected to the long arm of Goodell’s harsh — and often, inconsistent — law.