Bristol county sheriff: 'Highly unlikely' Aaron Hernandez's death involved foul play

Bristol county sheriff: 'Highly unlikely' Aaron Hernandez's death involved foul play

Bristol county sheriff Thomas Hodgson wouldn't rule out foul play in Aaron Hernandez's death with absolute certainty. But he certainly seemed confident Hernandez's apparent suicide was, indeed, a suicide.

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"Certainly, there's always the possibility that something different could happen," Hodgson said Wednesday on CSNNE's Boston Sports Tonight. "I think we have to wait for the state police's independent investigation to come out. They'll do a thorough job. They always do. Based on what I know so far and the things that I've seen, it's highly unlikely that that was the case, particularly because he had barricaded himself inside his cell, which is an indication he didn't want anyone to get to him in time -- that this was something he wanted to make happen and be sure that it was carried out."

Hernandez was found hanged in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass. early Wendesday morning, according to a statement from the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. He was set to serve a life sentence for his murder of Odin Lloyd. He was just days removed of a jury finding him not guilty for a 2012 double murder.

Report: Hernandez jurors were invited to funeral

Report: Hernandez jurors were invited to funeral

A member of the jury that acquitted Aaron Hernandez of double-murder said jurors were invited to Hernandez’s funeral by defense attorney Jose Baez, The Boston Herald reported. 

Hernandez, the former Patriots tight end who was already serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd when he was acquitted in the 2012 double-murder in Boston, killed himself in his prison cell last week. His funeral was in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut on Monday. 

One juror told the Herald that Baez offered to pay for bus to have jury attend funeral. 

More from the Herald report: 

“I was invited, but I decided ultimately not to go,” said Robert Monroe, one of 12 jurors who on April 14 acquitted Hernandez of the murders of Cape Verdean immigrants Daniel de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28. Both were living in Dorchester.

“I received a message, if any of the jurors wanted to go to the Aaron Hernandez funeral, that [Hernandez’s attorney] Jose Baez would rent a bus to get us back and forth,” Monroe told the Herald today.

 

Report: Giants, Blount have 'mutual interest'

Report: Giants, Blount have 'mutual interest'

The Patriots’ offseason activity with regard to running backs essentially ended LeGarrette Blount’s time in New England. Now he’s looking for his next team. 

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, there is “mutual interest” between Blount and the Giants. 

Blount played last season on a one-year, $1 million in New England. Though he is coming off a career-best 1,161 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, the 30-year-old’s spot on New England’s roster disappeared with the team’s acquisitions of Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee. 

The Patriots officially acquired Gillislee on a two-year contract Monday when the Bills declined to match New England’s contract offer to the restricted free agent. By declining to match, the Bills received a fifth-round pick from the Pats for the 26-year-old.