ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI/AP) — New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs Wednesday morning, more than a week after a Boston semi-pro football player was found dead in an industrial park a mile from the player’s house.
• Photos: Police arrest Aaron Hernandez
Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player for the Boston Bandits, was found slain June 17. His relatives said he was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee, that the two men were friends and that both men were out together on the last night of Lloyd’s life.
Officials ruled the death a homicide but did not say how Lloyd died.
It’s unclear why Hernandez was being taken into custody Wednesday around 9 a.m. and put into the back of a police cruiser. He was wearing a white V-neck T-shirt, with his arms inside the shirt and behind his back. He casually spit into some bushes on his way to the car.
The Associated Press emailed a message to his attorney, Michael Fee, who hasn’t discussed the investigation beyond acknowledging media reports about it. A message also was left with the Bristol County district attorney’s office.
Meanwhile, a prominent Boston criminal defense lawyer visited the home Hernandez Tuesday, according to The Boston Globe.
James L. Sultan stayed about 30 minutes and there was still no sign of Hernandez leaving the house.
On Tuesday, Attleboro District Court has sealed all of the documents related to the murder investigation of Lloyd.
Authorities have searched Hernandez’s home twice. No charges have been filed.
In a recent statement, lawyers for the Patriots Star broke their silence in writing.
“Over the past week, our client, Aaron Hernandez, has been the subject of a relentless flood of rumors, misinformation, and false reports in the media. These include the repeated publication of a supposedly confirmed report that an arrest warrant had been issued for Aaron, a report that was exposed as untrue. None of these false reports come from official sources and we appreciate the professionalism and restraint shown by the Bristol County District Attorney’s office to date with regard to its public statements while it’s investigation is underway. Out of respect for that ongoing investigation, we will continue to refrain from commenting on its substance.”
On Monday, investigators equipped with metal detectors trudged through woods just outside the upscale neighborhood where Hernandez lives.
• Photos: Police swarm Hernandez’s home
There’s no word yet on what they were looking for or what, if anything, was found.
The tight end has had brushes with the law before, but nothing like this.
He’s being sued by a man who claims Hernandez shot out his right eye in February, after leaving a Miami-area club.
But, the alleged victim, Alexander Bradley, did not press charges or identify Hernandez.
In his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut, he’s remembered as a high school football phenomenon.
“He’s like the hero of our school.”
“Never in a million years would I think of like that happening to him.”
The New England Patriots saw a bright future as well, signing him to a reported $40 million contract extension just last year.
“It’s just a blessing and uh hopefully uh I make the right decisions with it and uh have a good life.”