New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez appears to be in some pretty deep trouble and things surrounding the murder investigation and his behavior in relation to it just keep getting weirder.
On Thursday Hernandez left his home and drove to Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots play. The entire way he was tailed by news helicopters in a scene eerily reminiscent of O.J. Simpson’s long, slow ride in Al Cowlings’ white Ford Bronco. But when Hernandez arrived at the stadium he was reportedly booted out by Patriots personnel.
The 23-year-old Florida product reportedly showed up to work out, but team staff turned him away. Patriots spokesman Stacey James claimed he had no idea why Hernandez went to the Foxboro facility, as “No coaches are here.” James did not wish to comment further.
As has been previously reported, Hernandez is at the center of a homicide investigation because of his ties to a 27-year-old man named Odin Lloyd who was found dead about a mile from Hernandez’s mansion. Hernandez was seen with Lloyd only hours before he was murdered, execution style, with a bullet to the back of his head.
Video surveillance from Hernandez’s neighborhood has been found that shows him with Lloyd just hours before his body was found. And Thomas Moore, the manager of Rumors nightclub in Boston has told the Boston Herald that the two men were there together last Friday.
A law-enforcement official has also said that Hernandez left a Boston bar in a car with Lloyd and two other men just hours before Lloyd’s body was discovered. Around that time, Lloyd sent a text that referenced Hernandez. Three men returned to Hernandez’s home, but Lloyd was not one of them.
In addition to that, it was reported on Thursday that Hernandez had smashed his home security system (which also contained cameras) and the cell phone he turned into police was in pieces, also smashed. Another reported claimed that Hernandez also hired a cleaning crew to “scrub his house” on Monday.
Lloyd was said to be dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend. He was a semi-pro football player for the Boston Bandits.
This all adds up to a lot of very strange activity surrounding Hernandez and this homicide. We don’t know if he did anything wrong or not, but we certainly do know he’s doing some incredibly strange things.