Curran: Hernandez case adds to Pats problems

Curran: Hernandez case adds to Pats problems
June 19, 2013, 12:15 am
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NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Police officers stationed at the end of your driveway. An armada of media on your placid little street. Detectives marching out your front door with a box. The words “questioning” and “homicide investigation” finding their way into sentences alongside your name.
That’s where Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez found himself Tuesday. Tough spot. Not where one would want to spend the early part of his June-to-July vacation, the little window of opportunity on the NFL calendar when players are out from under the iron thumb of their bosses.
But a helluva lot better than the spot just down the road from Hernandez’s house where a 27-year-old Boston man was reportedly found by a teen jogger on Monday afternoon. Who the deceased is, how he got there and how he got dead hasn’t yet been divulged by authorities but police are obviously trying to find out what Hernandez knows about all this and whether he’s tangentially involved.
A rented Chevy Suburban with Rhode Island plates is one piece of evidence investigators want information about, according to the Attleboro Sun Chronicle. Hernandez’s name is reportedly tied to the rental.
How the Suburban is tied to the body and how deeply – if at all – Hernandez is in this nasty piece of business will be fleshed out in short order, if the Bristol County district attorney's office can help it.
Still, even if Hernandez was playing Madden and drinking Mountain Dew all weekend, the whole situation is a bad look.
Sports Illustrated reported Hernandez was questioned Monday. Tuesday evening, things got busy at Hernandez’s home. After three hours of media massing on the street and North Attleboro policemen positioned at the end of Hernandez’ driveway, two men emerged from the house but were stopped by police who spirited the men away in separate cruisers then searched the car.
Around 7:35 p.m., police escorted a woman into Hernandez’ house. State police left the home more than two hours later with a box. Hernandez, it was confirmed by New England Cable News, is in the house.
For what’s supposed to pass for the quiet time of year, the Patriots have been anything but quiet over the past eight days.
Last week, the team signed the NFL’s Anna Kournikova, Tim Tebow. On Friday, owner Robert Kraft praised Tebow saying, “We like to collect people of good character. He's the real deal and we have a lot of other players [like that]."
Over the weekend, Kraft found himself backstroking away from a purported joke about Russian president Vladimir Putin pocketing one of Kraft’s Super Bowl rings against Kraft’s wishes.
Hernandez’s fellow tight end, Rob Gronkowski, figured to be the focal point of Tuesday media attention as he underwent his fifth operation since last November (this one on his back). But Hernandez kicked Gronkowski off the front page.
Now, ownership letting its knickers twist because Gronkowski had his picture taken with Bibi Jones while wearing in a Patriots jersey seems laughable

For the always “brand-conscious” Patriots, Tuesday was really a bad day. Same for Hernandez.
But a very bad Tuesday is better than having than no Tuesday at all.