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Curran breaks down the Hernandez “associate” murder investigation

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It’s been a day since the latest now-I’ve-seen-everything story emerged in the NFL, and there’s still not much clarity regarding the investigation involving the death of an “associate” of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

But as Tom Curran of CSN New England explained on Wednesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, the process could still lead to an unfavorable outcome for Hernandez.

“[T]here’s so much to plow through and I think right now we’re at the table-setting stage,” Curran said.  “There’s a sense that law enforcement is getting all its ducks in a row and then they’ll spill them on the table to put a case together.”

The Patriots remain tight lipped, both publicly and privately.

“Not a word,” Curran said regarding the team.  “This is a period of time that the NFL kind of shuts down.  I’m not sure even if [coach] Bill Belichick is in the country right now.  I know he had a European vacation planned; he may be out of the country.  Given the circumstances and the way this could conceivably go, because it’s not pretty, he might be in a situation where he might have to come back.  I think that this is a serious situation that bears a lot of close watching over the next couple of days.”

The process, as Curran separately explained in writing, will entail a sweeping examination of all available and relevant evidence.

From the CSI-style stuff that modern juries now expect to see to electronic information harvested from cell phones and computers to surveillance systems that may have been in place at the industrial park where the body was found or at Hernandez’s home, plenty of potential proof is floating around.  Curran says that investigators will instruct cellular providers to freeze any information in place, in the event that any of the witnesses try to destroy his or her phone.

And any attempt by any of the witnesses to erase or eliminate electronic evidence won’t look good when the time comes to determine whether folks are guilty of any crimes.

At this point, it’s unclear how many crimes were or may have been committed, beyond the most obvious one:  Murder.  In the coming days and weeks, more information will likely surface.  For now, it’s still possible that things will go poorly for Hernandez.

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78 Responses to “Curran breaks down the Hernandez “associate” murder investigation”
  1. thesteelers says: Jun 19, 2013 7:04 PM

    Steeler Nation™ laughs at the Patriots’ criminal organization.

  2. mrbigass says: Jun 19, 2013 7:07 PM

    The fact that he appears to be “uncooperative” speaks volumes…….

  3. stoutfiles says: Jun 19, 2013 7:07 PM

    “he might be in a situation where he might have to come back. ”

    Why would Belichick have to come back? It has nothing to do with him. He doesn’t pay Aaron’s salary, he just coaches him on the field. The only thing Bill needs to do is find a replacement.

  4. mustbechris says: Jun 19, 2013 7:07 PM

    Guess I’m keeping Gronkowski in my keeper league after all.

  5. kingokra says: Jun 19, 2013 7:09 PM

    And once again, the shining example of the NFL, Goodell’s favorite team, shows its class. Where are the Patriots’ fans now? Oh, wait, they’re hiding in their basements from their gun-toting, psycho tight end.

  6. 509seahawks says: Jun 19, 2013 7:09 PM

    Boy, that escalated quickly……I mean that really got out of hand fast – Ron Burgandy

  7. bartlettruss says: Jun 19, 2013 7:11 PM

    This is looking very bad for Hernandez. Searching the home of a millionaire local football hero isn’t something that is done lightly. Not cooperating with law enforcement re. something you actually know nothing about is unusual.

    Some people think that Hernandez wouldn’t be dumb enough to leave the vehicle close to the body, but let’s face it…. SOMEONE was dumb enough to do it…

  8. zombiebuddha says: Jun 19, 2013 7:11 PM

    Hernandez better give Ray Lewis a call and get some advice.

  9. tjrogers09 says: Jun 19, 2013 7:12 PM

    Man o man…Anyway this turns out wont be good. I hope that Aaron didn’t do it (Not a Pats Fan at all). How does one shoot somebody in the face and settle the case? Or should I say, how many millions of dollars settled it? Guess it doesn’t matter now, the case has been refiled.

    On top of that, a homicide he’s a prime suspect in now???

    I’m very curious to see how this all plays out.

  10. ctiggs says: Jun 19, 2013 7:16 PM

    Can’t wait

  11. allhailkingflacco says: Jun 19, 2013 7:18 PM

    The Hoody is looking more and more genius like as Tebow is looking more and more like a TE and the best off season move in the NFL.

    WOW !

    P.S. Go Ravens !!!

  12. dasportsninja says: Jun 19, 2013 7:19 PM

    one thing i’ve learned from dateline-guilty or innocent, never talk to the police!!!!!!!!

  13. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 19, 2013 7:20 PM

    If Bill needs to come back I will be happy to sub for him on his European vacation.

  14. sampsonswag01 says: Jun 19, 2013 7:22 PM

    And at that notice that great swooshing sound is fantasy owners looking to see who the 3rd NE Tight End……….

  15. luthierjr says: Jun 19, 2013 7:29 PM

    This doesn’t say anything about the Patriots per se. It says something about Aaron Hernandez. IF (and that’s a big IF right now) he had something to do with it then he deserves whatever punishment he gets, but lets not lump all Patriots and Pats fans in with this.

    IF he is guilty of something then HE, not the patriots, made a moronic decision. There is a difference. Same goes for any other athlete who made boneheaded mistakes (and that’s a long list).

  16. clavette says: Jun 19, 2013 7:32 PM

    btw the third TE is jake ballard

  17. thefox61 says: Jun 19, 2013 7:33 PM

    The only thing worse than this situation are the narrow-minded jerks that think it is funny to joke about another’s misfortune. Shame on you.

  18. gregs1981 says: Jun 19, 2013 7:33 PM

    HErnandez will probably b cleared in this case but if he isnt and misses any time that will open the door for Tim Tebow to have a bigger role in this offense, he can carry the football much like Hernandez has this could b a huge opportunity for Tebow to establish his role on this team

  19. jimache06197714 says: Jun 19, 2013 7:44 PM

    “For now, it’s still possible that things will go poorly for Hernandez.” … also, still possible might not, i guess innocent until proven guilty means absolutely squat lately …

  20. flankerright says: Jun 19, 2013 7:49 PM

    I wonder if Ray Lewis has reached to Aaron to give him advice….

  21. modhairken says: Jun 19, 2013 7:54 PM

    Well, he does have a lot of tattoos.

  22. justintuckrule says: Jun 19, 2013 8:08 PM

    BB will cut someone in a heartbeat if they so much as look at him the wrong way. I can’t imagine what he’ll do to someone if he’s required to cut off his once-a-year European family vacation short. It’s probably the only time a year the poor guy gets some. Heck with the FBI….I’d much rather deal with them over a murder rap then a p-o’ed BB whose vaca was cut short.

  23. steviemo says: Jun 19, 2013 8:15 PM

    Cracks me up how people blithely say that Tebow can just switch to tight end, which requires a COMPLETELY different skill set. Beyond that, I have heard more than once that Tebow is not even very good at catching a football. I saw (just) one highlight of him trying to catch a pass while playing for the Jets last year and he looked laughably bad on that play. He looked uncoordinated at best.

    To think that he could come in and compete with tight ends who have worked hard at their craft for years is a colossal joke, and anyone who trumpets the notion just proves that he knows next to nothing about football. Tebow will never be an NFL tight end.

  24. bennyb82 says: Jun 19, 2013 8:17 PM

    Bill Belichek might really need to come back. After all, he does not have Twitter so there is no way to communicate.

  25. crimepedrankings says: Jun 19, 2013 8:21 PM

    yikes!

  26. ramitbaby says: Jun 19, 2013 8:25 PM

    “The fact that he appears to be “uncooperative” speaks volumes…”

    Actually it only says he’s exercising his right to remain silent.

  27. canetic says: Jun 19, 2013 8:34 PM

    Has he tried the “Do you know who I am?!” defense? That usually works.

  28. ravensbob says: Jun 19, 2013 8:37 PM

    Ravens sill best in AFC. Niners/Ravens-SB 48.

  29. patfaninbflo says: Jun 19, 2013 8:39 PM

    Everybody keeps saying he should call Ray for advice about the murder.

    Dick Cheney could offer valid pointers on what to do after shooting someone in the face.

  30. nomoreseasontix says: Jun 19, 2013 8:42 PM

    When the police have a search warrant for someone’s house, they generally have to list what they hope to find. The fact that they carried a box full of whatever out of there, sure makes it look like they found something.
    I guarantee the place looked like a tornado hit it when they were through. Neatness isn’t something they’re normally concerned with.
    All in all, it sure looks like they’ve zeroed in on him for it.
    He needs to watch it. They don’t always come up with the guilty party, they can be satisfied by someone they can convict.

  31. airplayful says: Jun 19, 2013 8:44 PM

    No matter how you feel about the Pats, Boston fans (or any NFL fans) deserve better than this hanging over their team.

  32. bennyb82 says: Jun 19, 2013 8:45 PM

    Maybe Urban Meyer can talk the police into giving Hernandez a second chance?

  33. jrcoop says: Jun 19, 2013 8:55 PM

    The strength of the Patriots team might get debacled.

  34. blindzebras says: Jun 19, 2013 9:01 PM

    It was Putin, in the Conservatory, with the Ring.

  35. phaktor333 says: Jun 19, 2013 9:02 PM

    He will not be playing this season. He’s got several authority organizations to deal with from the FBI, local, state police to the NFL and lastly, his employer, the Patriots. By the time all this winds down, the Super Bowl would have been played. Plus, the Patriots will NOT put a player on the field with so much heat on him off the field.

  36. u4iadman says: Jun 19, 2013 9:11 PM

    Cheating catches up with you.

  37. bradwins says: Jun 19, 2013 9:12 PM

    And once again, the shining example of the NFL, Goodell’s favorite team, shows its class. Where are the Patriots’ fans now? Oh, wait, they’re hiding in their basements from their gun-toting, psycho tight end.

    ———————————–

    Uh….Ok? I don’t think most Pats fans are hiding from our tight end. That doesn’t make any sense. Hernandez seems cool. I hope he didn’t kill anyone. If he did, we’ll find a new tight end. (Signing Jake Ballard is looking better and better.)

    Patriots haters continue to be the best source of entertainment on the web. They are not afraid of embarrassing themselves in order to give us a good chuckle. Keep up the good work, friend.

  38. flash1283 says: Jun 19, 2013 9:15 PM

    ravensbob says:
    Jun 19, 2013 8:37 PM
    Ravens sill best in AFC. Niners/Ravens-SB 48.


    Please , the Ravens weren’t the best team in the AFC last season and they won’t be this season.

  39. brownstain says: Jun 19, 2013 9:16 PM

    “Steeler Nation” always gets spanked by the Patriots.

  40. wrossi81 says: Jun 19, 2013 9:24 PM

    “The fact that he appears to be “uncooperative” speaks volumes…”
    ______________________

    It says he has a lawyer worth his fees. Talking to the police can’t help you, whether you’re guilty or innocent.

  41. cardstix says: Jun 19, 2013 9:30 PM

    has he called Ray Lewis for advice yet?

  42. deacon85 says: Jun 19, 2013 9:32 PM

    Well, of course, “…it’s still possible that things will go poorly for Hernandez.” It’s also possible that things will go exceedingly well for Hernandez. In a murder investigation, things can go poorly or things can go well, depending on who did what. I know PFT wants to write about this situation, especially since there’s nothing else going on, but to say it go poorly for Hernandez is not the most enlightening observation.

  43. ayoungandres says: Jun 19, 2013 9:35 PM

    Look, I think AH is toast because he knows what happened (or did it) and has done SOMETHING to cover it up, meaning they’ll have him at least on obstruction. But, it’s not “obvious” it’s a murder. He could have been shot by accident and they freaked. A crime, yes, but its not murder.

  44. biggs13 says: Jun 19, 2013 9:38 PM

    So he allegedly shot one guy and another guy is now dead that was connected to his wife. But he’s not a suspect? Hmm!

  45. randomguy9999 says: Jun 19, 2013 9:38 PM

    mrbigass says:
    Jun 19, 2013 7:07 PM
    The fact that he appears to be “uncooperative” speaks volumes…….

    ——————————————–
    it doesn’t mean anything…. other than he’s smart enough to know that ‘cooperating’ has sent many innocent men to jail for decades or to an execution before anybody figured out they were actually telling the truth.

    He may be guilty, he may not…. but the stupidest thing in the world either way is to walk into the police and let them interrogate you.

  46. deadunicorn says: Jun 19, 2013 9:39 PM

    Maybe when your owner and coach get away with “murder” by cheating others out of Super Bowls…..the chickens come home to roost.

  47. whatjusthapped says: Jun 19, 2013 9:40 PM

    He doesn’t need a call from Ray Lewis, he needs a call from Ray Lewis’s lawyer. He got Ray off with no time served so there is evidence that he is good, really really good.

  48. rphall69 says: Jun 19, 2013 9:41 PM

    So he shoots a guy (allegedly) in the face with an unregistered gun and now an “acquaintance” is found dead (shot dead) near his home….hmmm. I get the innocent before proven guilty thing, but come on! This is not looking good for MR. Hernandez. Bill, stay on vacation wherever you are, the next few days would wear anyone out in New England

  49. TheNaturalMevs says: Jun 19, 2013 9:42 PM

    Tebow was brought in to pray the team through this troubling time.

  50. pinion8ted says: Jun 19, 2013 9:55 PM

    If Hernandez is truly innocent of any wrongdoing here, he needs to immediately step up and have a press conference where he declares his innocence and publicly declares his cooperation with the authorities.

    Anything short of that makes this Pat’s fan suspicious that there’s more to this story than we all realize.

    Come clean, Aaron.

  51. hatesycophants says: Jun 19, 2013 10:02 PM

    You must be a freaking idiot. One has to first be charged with and convicted of intentional, first degree homicide before a suspicious death can be termed a murder.

  52. howiehandles says: Jun 19, 2013 10:09 PM

    “And once again, the shining example of the NFL, Goodell’s favorite team, shows its class. Where are the Patriots’ fans now?”

    Not a Pat’s fan, but how does this reflect on the team? The team didn’t do it.

  53. UPYRS says: Jun 19, 2013 10:20 PM

    Hello Ray got a sec

  54. bsandersislegend20 says: Jun 19, 2013 10:21 PM

    I think if I was in this guy’s shoes, I’d have to use “The World Series Defense.” Thats how I got out of paying my parking tickets when myself and four friends got locked in the linen closet during game 7.

  55. lovefootball4life says: Jun 19, 2013 10:23 PM

    thesteelers says: Jun 19, 2013 7:04 PM

    Steeler Nation™ laughs at the Patriots’ criminal organization.

    ~~~~~~

    Never mind the FACT that according to the NFL Arrest Database (yes its real) Pittsburgh had 5 MORE players arrested than the Patriots have had arrested since the year 2000.

    Man I thought this troll was annoying on Ravens articles. Just as bad here too.

  56. hatetriot4life says: Jun 19, 2013 10:25 PM

    wat a clown two rentals in his name n he drove neither smh bb should have taught u better this a glimse of the PATRIOT WAY fading away or its just karma….good thing tebows in town sum1 has to pray for these clowns

  57. doggeatdogg says: Jun 19, 2013 10:31 PM

    I’m not a graduate of the Law and Order Academy, but if Miami and Massachusetts State Police match ballistic reports, Aaron is toast. And I thought shooting somebody in the face was just a saying. I wonder if he reneged on paying off his friend in FLA.

  58. GenXJay says: Jun 19, 2013 10:41 PM

    It seems a little fishy that Bill is out of town during a murder investigation of one his players.

  59. mjtn says: Jun 19, 2013 10:44 PM

    ESPN’s “Playmakers” was soooo unrealistic…

  60. raidernationkc says: Jun 19, 2013 10:48 PM

    @thesteelers…… there’s only one nation! RAIDER NATION! everybody else is wannabees!

  61. flyermb says: Jun 20, 2013 12:49 AM

    Was Hernandez wearing a white suit that night?

  62. billholmes1178 says: Jun 20, 2013 1:11 AM

    I think people need to remember that Aaron Hernandez has not been found guilty of anything yet. When all of the facts come out than he can be judged of any wrongdoing. Truly, the unfortunate part is now the family of the victim has an incredibly long journey in front of them and the healing process can begin when they find out who committed this murder. Also, in football terms, I see fans mocking the patriots as if it will be the decline of the entire franchise. Myself, being a ravens fan, had to deal with this during the ray Lewis situation. If memory serves me correctly ray Lewis came back stronger than ever and led his team to a Super Bowl 35 victory the following season, taking an MVP award home with him as well. So counting the patriots out at this point is premature.

  63. sammysushi says: Jun 20, 2013 1:22 AM

    Surely the Mass authorities can subpoena the records they need from the NSA?

  64. buddybowl69 says: Jun 20, 2013 1:33 AM

    The League will figure out a way to make this go away, or at least let him get work-release on Sundays to play.
    The League ALWAYS caters to the Patriots. Last year they gave them the easiest schedule and made most of their home games in the later part of the season, making warm weather, domed teams play in the cold and snow. Big advantage to the Pats.
    Last year and this year, the Patriots don’t play any teams coming off of a ‘Buy’ week, while teams like the Bills compete against 5 teams this season coming off their ‘Buy’ weeks, all refreshed and healed.
    This, and the way they coddle Ms. Brady, calling penalties against the defense if a player comes within 5 yards of her. Even giving her a dirty look will draw a flag.
    The League will find a way to protect Mr. Kraft’s interests and the new ‘America’s Team’.

  65. twyger says: Jun 20, 2013 1:52 AM

    “Dick Cheney could offer valid pointers on what to do after shooting someone in the face.”

    What? How to admit it, call it the worst day of his life… and not try to cover it up?

    Since Aaron allegedly did the “face shooting” in February (exclusive of the current possible murder apparently, with the reinstatement of the lawsuit)…. I think were far past the point where Cheney has any experiential input that would help Hernandez.

  66. twyger says: Jun 20, 2013 1:55 AM

    On the other hand… claiming he was quail hunting with handguns in downtown Miami – and it was all just an accident might really help.

  67. itsjustmesg says: Jun 20, 2013 2:53 AM

    “The fact that he appears to be “uncooperative” speaks volumes…”

    Actually it only says he’s exercising his right to remain silent. from ramit

    I believe the “right to remain silent” is only relevant if you are under oath or being interogated. For Hernandez, or anyone not yet charged or being suspected of a crime, it seems to speak volumes for sure. Since he hasn’t been read his rights, why would he invoke them? Only someone guilty or who knows who is guilty would do that. Good call Florio.

  68. dynaco says: Jun 20, 2013 5:42 AM

    BB trying to flee the scene?
    Hope they turn that plane around and bring him in for questioning.

  69. bunjy96 says: Jun 20, 2013 6:58 AM

    Would have preferred to read only the known facts, not the wild speculation presented here.

  70. qwerty007qwerty007 says: Jun 20, 2013 7:24 AM

    Thing is, even if he didn’t do it – but is keeping quiet to help out a friend, or was tangentially involved….it still puts him in the firing line.

    Like you hear on so many of the police procedural programs: you’re either a witness or a suspect.

  71. Pimpin' aint easy unless you are Chuck Norris says: Jun 20, 2013 7:52 AM

    nomoreseasontix says:
    Jun 19, 2013 8:42 PM
    When the police have a search warrant for someone’s house, they generally have to list what they hope to find. The fact that they carried a box full of whatever out of there, sure makes it look like they found something.
    I guarantee the place looked like a tornado hit it when they were through. Neatness isn’t something they’re normally concerned with.
    All in all, it sure looks like they’ve zeroed in on him for it.
    He needs to watch it. They don’t always come up with the guilty party, they can be satisfied by someone they can convict.

    __________________________

    I would guess that the box was full of AH’s guns, ammo, etc, in order to see if one of them was the murder weapon. You arent exactly going to walk around with your arms full of guns, lol, looks irresponsible. Not to mention the papparazzi, could you imagine the stories we would be reading if the cops walked out carrying AH’s guns and the papparazzi got it on film…

  72. philswfc08 says: Jun 20, 2013 8:37 AM

    @steviemo

    Tebow is a wide receiver, no longer a tight end.

  73. steeelfann says: Jun 20, 2013 8:56 AM

    Eric Holder, Lois Lerner, the Clintons, Obama, Harry Reid, Anthony Weiner, all are on the other line. They say to just keep lying Aaron or don’t talk at all, and God will forgive you and the people are stupid.

    Funny, Gooddell is worried about nice NFL teams are when cutting the players, but his league is violently out of control. Way to go Roger.

  74. staff2cj says: Jun 20, 2013 9:17 AM

    Another football player getting away with murder

  75. hamiltos777 says: Jun 20, 2013 9:48 AM

    Pats fan here, and let me say as someone who gave Ravens fans a lot of crap for supporting Ray Lewis after it became pretty apparent that while even though maybe he didn’t pull the trigger, he knew who did. (and yeah, I know it was a stabbing…)

    Let me say in the circle of fans I know we are all shocked to hear about this and the incident in Florida. With every piece of information that comes out we seem to be approaching the conclusion that “even though maybe he didn’t pull the trigger, he knew who did.”

    This certainly doesn’t bode well, and if things continue to unfold in the manner they seem to be going, Hernandez deserves to serve some serious time, even if he is on the team I cheer for on Sundays. I certainly don’t want him on the team if he is involved with this in any way shape or form.

  76. mjdkid100 says: Jun 20, 2013 9:54 AM

    1) If you think Tebow can just walk in and play TE in the Pats system(or any), you’re a fool and should stop watching football. It’s an insult to TE’s.

    2) If you think Hernandez killed his friend, dumped the body a mile from his house, then left the car rented under his name right next to him. You’re a fool too.

    More than likely is his friend had the rental car under Hernandez name and got into some trouble. Hence why he’s dead and the car is right next to him. There may be more to the story where Hernandez was present earlier, potentially drug related, but seriously doubt Hernandez killed the guy. We’ll find out soon.

  77. vipod4ever says: Jun 20, 2013 10:35 AM

    More than ever a clean sheet coming out of College is critical. Teams that do their homework reap the benefits

  78. realdealsteel says: Jun 20, 2013 10:36 AM

    Reading the tea leafs of the Patriots off-season so far, seems to me that this isn’t going to be the typical good season for the Patriots.

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