Oh man. So we’ve gone from Aaron Hernandez needing to be questioned, to Hernandez not be ruled out as a suspect, to Hernandez being directly tied to the North Attleboro homicide, to this report…

Stay tuned for another day of following this closely, and likely updating this post many times.

UPDATE (11:35 a.m. ET): Something very 2013 just happened. Hernandez drove from his house to Gillette Stadium, and he was followed the entire time by a local news helicopter which provided live footage, and of course the Twitters went a tweetin’. This made him look like a fugitive, and a wanted man.

But while he may be the latter, he’s not the former right now, since I’m pretty sure authorities of some kind need to be doing the chasing for a fugitive to really be a fugitive.

Whatever, we can debate criminal linguistics another time. What matters right now is that as I type this, Hernandez is in Gillette Stadium, and presumably speaking to someone important. Or maybe he’s just pumping iron and getting his grind on while giving very few craps about what’s going on outside.

The mystery!

UPDATE (11:49 a.m. ET): Hernandez has had quite the busy little offseason. In addition to his possible involvement in a homicide and reportedly shooting a man in Miami after a nightclub dispute, this also just surfaced…

UPDATE (12:08 p.m. ET): I’m not really sure what this means, or could mean. So I’ll just leave it here, and we can figure it out together…

UPDATE (12:16 p.m. ET): I should probably slow down here, but the details keep beaming to my computer screen, and then in turn I beam them to yours. It’s magic.

The latest comes to us by way of Ian Rapoport, who clears up the Providence strip club incident a bit. Hernandez was reportedly taunted by a Jets fan, and he walked away with the help of police. Sounds pretty tame, right? Right, but the “disturbance” was filed because someone (not Hernandez, as Rapoport clearly indicates) tossed a gun aside during the verbal exchange, and police recovered it.

UPDATE (12:31 p.m. ET): He stopped to get gas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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UPDATE (12:51 p.m. ET): More confusion and conflicting reports, to the surprise of no one. Wesley Lowery of the Boston Globe is reporting that an arrest isn’t imminent, and any other report saying the opposite is “absolutely untrue” according to his police source. He adds that while an arrest could happen, and it could even happen today, it’s pure speculation to call it a certainty.

Alright then. With that cleared up, surely he’s buying bananas or something by now.

UPDATE (2:26 p.m. ET): Oh, sorry about that. I thought it was safe to turn my attention elsewhere for an hour or so. Ha, silly writer.

Hernandez’s day — and his week, and life — has now taken a turn that’s very much the opposite of positive. It seems the authorities are quite curious to know why he felt the need to smash his cell phone into many tiny pieces along with his home security system, and then hire cleaners to make his house spotless. So very, very spotless.

From ABC News:

Police are back at the home of New England Patriot’s tight end Aaron Hernandez today with another warrant based on evidence that “he destroyed his home security system,” an investigator close to the case told ABC News.

The investigator, and other law enforcement sources, confirmed that the security system – which included video surveillance – was smashed intentionally.

And a cell phone used by Hernandez was handed over to investigators “in pieces” by his attorneys, the sources said.

Police also want to know why a team of house cleaners were hired on Monday to scrub Hernandez’s mansion, sources told ABC News.

Those all seem like pretty discrete moves, Aaron. Well played.

ABC’s sources also reiterated that Hernandez hasn’t been ruled out for his possible involvement in the murder of Odin Lloyd, though he’s not officially being called a suspect. That status could quickly escalate since Hernandez has evidently taken measures to destroy evidence, which isn’t something an innocent person does.

Comments (8)

  1. Tebow becoming a fight end is now really going to happen isn’t it?

    • It was probably always going to happen. I highly doubt he’ll do anything notable at a position he hasn’t played in his entire football career. But hey, he’ll get on the field, maybe.

      • Ammendola’s value goes up right?

        • Although there will obviously be fantasy implications if Hernandez is arrested or suspended, the situation is far too uncertain right now to even speculate.

      • Sean, I disagree. A good athlete will be able to pick up a position like TE very quickly. The route trees TEs run are very not complicated and blocking techniques can be learned in a single trianing camp. Given the Patriots situation right now, I look for Tebow to produce nicely at TE this season.

        • Brett, I disagree a good athlete can not pick up the position quickly. Tim’s blocking is going to be atrocious on the line, the defensive ends and outside linebackers will eat him alive because he hasn’t blocked a day in his life, if he was a bigger guy then i’d have some faith in him, hes only (6’3 235lbs). Only elite athletes who haven’t played significant amount of college football have stepped in and dominated the position, like antonio gates (6’5 260lbs) or jimmy graham (6’7 265lbs) and made the receiving part look easy from day one.

  2. Does the score only hire people who cant speak English? You got former and latter confused in this article…

    • That’s correct. I know, I’ve always thought it’s a pretty unique approach to an English website too.

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