Aaron Hernandez

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NFL Is in for a Firestorm Over Hernandez's Severe CTE

It can no longer ignore football's link: columnist

(Newser) - More than 100 former NFL players have been found to have had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease associated with repeated knocks to the head. One might think, then, that Aaron Hernandez's case of CTE is just another one. Not so. Hernandez's diagnosis "will shake the... More »

Aaron Hernandez Had CTE

Brain exam finds he had stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy

(Newser) - Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez was suffering from "severe" CTE when he killed himself, according to a postmortem brain exam conducted at Boston University, Sports Illustrated reports. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is caused by repeated blows to the head and frequently affects football players and other athletes, can only... More »

Hernandez Fiancee Breaks Silence on Suicide

She thought suicide call was a cruel 'trick'

(Newser) - Aaron Hernandez's fiancee says his prison suicide last month was so unexpected that when she got the news in a phone call, she thought it was "a hoax, some cruel person playing a trick on me." In a two-part Dr. Phil interview that will air on May... More »

Hernandez Suicide Note to Fiancee: 'You're Rich'

Prosecutors release suicide note

(Newser) - "YOU'RE RICH," Aaron Hernandez told fiancee Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez in one of his three suicide notes —but the manner of his death means that the only ones with a guaranteed payday are the lawyers. According to a court filing Friday that included the suicide note, Hernandez told... More »

Hubbub Over Hernandez's 3rd Suicide Note Rages On

Lawyer for 'close friend' wants it released; Hernandez lawyer bashes gay lover rumors

(Newser) - One of the letters was said to have been to Aaron Hernandez's fiancee, a second to his young daughter. But the nature of a third suicide note Hernandez is believed to have left behind remains shrouded in mystery—and now the lawyer of Kyle Kennedy, who says he was... More »

Hernandez Left 3 Suicide Notes

'Please don't cry,' sources quote them as saying

(Newser) - Though a prison official initially said Aaron Hernandez left no suicide note, three notes were in fact found in his cell at Massachusetts' Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, reports the Boston Globe . A statement from Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. confirmed the handwritten notes were found next to a Bible... More »

Attorney, Authorities Battle Over Aaron Hernandez's Brain

His brain has been given to his family, who will donate it to CTE research

(Newser) - Aaron Hernandez's brain is being turned over to his family after his lawyer accused authorities in Massachusetts of "illegally" keeping it from them, NBC News reports. According to Reuters , the former NFL player's family plans to donate his brain to the CTE center at Boston University, where... More »

Report: Hernandez Died With Bible Verse on Forehead

He may have smoked synthetic marijuana before death

(Newser) - Aaron Hernandez had a Bible verse scrawled on his forehead when he was found hanged in his prison cell early Wednesday, sources tell WBZ . The sources say the former NFL star had the words "John 3:16" on his forehead, along with red marks on his hands and feet.... More »

Aaron Hernandez's Murder Conviction May Be Lifted

Because it was under appeal at the time of former NFL star's death

(Newser) - An attorney for Aaron Hernandez says he isn't convinced his high-profile client committed suicide . Prison officials say the former NFL star hanged himself with a bed sheet, but attorney Jose Baez says he will conduct his own investigation alongside the prison's because Hernandez didn't seem remotely suicidal,... More »

Prison: Aaron Hernandez Hangs Himself in Cell

Ex-Patriot was serving a life term for murder

(Newser) - Startling news out of a Massachusetts prison: Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his cell overnight, say authorities at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley. Hernandez, serving a life term for murder, used a bed sheet attached to the window in his cell, say the prison officials,... More »

Aaron Hernandez Acquitted in 2012 Double Murder

But the former NFL star is still serving life without parole for another murder

(Newser) - Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found not guilty Friday of murdering two men outside a Boston nightclub in 2012, Reuters reports. But that doesn't mean the ex-New England Patriot is going to be a free man any time soon. Hernandez is currently serving life without parole for murdering... More »

Hernandez Killed 2 Over Spilled Drink: Prosecutor

NFL great allegedly felt disrespected in club

(Newser) - He was a star player on a star NFL team, so what could possibly have turned Aaron Hernandez into a murderer? In laying out their case against Hernandez today in a 2012 drive-by slaying that left two men dead, prosecutors offered this scene from a Boston nightclub:
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Aaron Hernandez in Jailhouse Brawl

Sources say he attacked another inmate after 'harassment'

(Newser) - Apparently "behind bars" does not translate to "staying out of trouble" when one is Aaron Hernandez: Sources tell TMZ the former New England Patriot beat up a fellow inmate at Bristol County Jail yesterday. The sources say the two had been at odds all day (according to Radar... More »

Least Influential Person of the Year? Rodman

'GQ' rounds up the 25 people who didn't make a difference

(Newser) - Dennis Rodman certainly thinks he's influential, but GQ disagrees. The basketball star and self-styled North Korea ambassador is the No. 1 entry on the magazine's annual list of the 25 Least Influential People. Rodman "was the first prominent American celebrity invited inside the nation-sized prison that is... More »

Drive-By Survivor: Hernandez Shot My Friends

Witness to 2012 shooting IDs football player as gunman

(Newser) - More fuel to the fire of suspicions that Aaron Hernandez was involved in a 2012 drive-by shooting that killed two: another man in the car with the two victims now says he believes Hernandez was the shooter. The witness tells Fox News that he didn't know the alleged gunman... More »

Aaron Hernandez Pleads Not Guilty to Murder Charge

Former Patriots player denies role in slaying

(Newser) - Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty to six charges today, including one count of first-degree murder. Hernandez was previously indicted in connection with the fatal shooting of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd on June 17. Newsy reports: More »

UF Coach May Have Helped Cover Drive-By for Hernandez

Urban Meyer also eyed in failed drug tests

(Newser) - A new investigative report in Rolling Stone reveals that while Urban Meyer was head coach at the University of Florida, Meyer may have helped to cover up a drive-by shooting, an assault, and failed drug tests for Aaron Hernandez . Meyer has long denied that he enabled Hernandez's misbehavior, Fox... More »

Aaron Hernandez Caught With Gun— in Own Photos: Prosecutors

Surveillance footage from right after shooting

(Newser) - Looks like Aaron Hernandez's home surveillance system may have backfired on him. Photos have emerged showing the former football star carrying a gun shortly after the shooting of Odin Lloyd, prosecutors say. "Interior surveillance footage shows Aaron Hernandez pass through the living room area of the residence while... More »

Hernandez Pulled the Trigger: Associate

Documents are bad news for former NFL star

(Newser) - Here comes what the AP calls "the most damning evidence yet" against Aaron Hernandez, see if you can follow along: An associate of the former NFL tight end told investigators that another associate told him Hernandez shot Odin Lloyd. Here's how it went down, according to documents obtained... More »

Person of Interest In Hernandez Case Dies in Crash

Meanwhile, Hernandez denied jail wedding

(Newser) - A man investigators were hoping to talk to in the Aaron Hernandez murder case died in a dramatic car crash this weekend, as his car flew 100 feet through the air and crashed into a country club 6 feet off the ground, the Hartford Courant reports. Thaddeus Singleton III, 33,... More »

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