As questions continue to swirl about the reported suicide of Aaron Hernandez, an interesting detail about the former Patriots tight end’s death emerged Wednesday.
According to Fox 25’s Bob Ward, Hernandez was found with “John 3:16” written on his forehead. The original report said that it was written in blood, but a follow-up report from Fox 25 said it was written in a “blood red marker.”
Hernandez also reportedly had an open Bible near him when he was found.
John 3:16 reads:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Hernandez was found in his cell in Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley early Wednesday morning after hanging himself with a bed sheet. He was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.
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.
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.