Aaron Hernandez Quizzed In Death Probe: Tough Week To Be Patriots Tight End

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jun 19, 2013

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez found a way to knock oft-injured party boy and tight end teammate Rob Gronkowski off the front pages of the Boston newspapers, such as the Boston Herald home page today (pictured above).

He's being questioned in the investigation of the murder of a man who was found about a mile from Hernandez's North Attleboro, Mass. home, a town a few miles south of Gillette Stadium.

Odin Floyd, a semi-pro football player, was reportedly found dead of a bullet wound to the head, according to various reports. Floyd has a connection to Hernandez: he is dating the sister of the Patriots star's girlfriend.

And the latest breaking news Wednesday shows that things are quickly going from bad to worse for Hernandez, a University of Florida product: according to TMZ, he was sued last week for shooting a man in the face in Tootsie's Caberet, Miami strip club, on Feb. 13, just 10 days after the Super Bowl that Hernandez and his teammates failed to make.

The most recent story broke late Tuesday afternoon. Police have been at the home of the $40 million man since then.

Reports vary, some saying Hernandez has been cooperative, others uncooperative. Much more info still to unfold, of course.

We don't know yet what's happened. But no matter what, it's bad PR at the very least. It's led both Boston papers (the Globe, too) on what's a monster news day in The Hub: special Senate election that will effect the national balance of power in Washington D.C.; the Whitey Bulger trial underway; champion NBA coach Doc Rivers about to flee town; and the Bruins hosting Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals tonight.

Yet both papers lead with the Hernandez story. Can't be good.

We do know this: the Patriots pass-catching situation this upcoming season seems to get uglier each week: No Wes Welker. Likely no Gronkowski, at least at the start off the season. And, hell, depending on how this story unfolds, perhaps no Hernandez, too. 



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