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Police spend “hours” inside Hernandez home, emerge with box

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With offseason workouts completed for most teams, the calendar has reached the point at which players have free time — and coaches and General Managers spend most of their free time worrying about getting a phone call regarding a player who has found trouble.

At some point in the past day or so, Patriots coach Bill Belichick received one of those calls.  But instead of hearing about the latest run-of-the-mill off-field entanglement, Belichick was told that tight end Aaron Hernandez faces police questioning after a body of an “associate” was found in the vicinity of a rental car connected to Hernandez.

All reports continue to indicate that Hernandez is not a suspect.  Still, Hernandez has consulted with a lawyer, per SI.com.  According to ABC, Hernandez received at his North Attleboro home on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. a hand-delivered package from the “prominent law firm Ropes and Gray,” an international corporate firm with 11 offices worldwide.

Police reportedly spent hours inside Hernandez’s residence on Tuesday, ultimately searching the structure and emerging with a box.

Two men who tried to leave during the search reportedly were detained.  The car in which they planned to leave also was searched.

Hernandez’s agents have declined comment.  The Patriots issued the standard perfunctory comment, acknowledging the reports but declining to address the situation in deference to the investigation.

It’s unclear whether and to what extent Hernandez has been questioned by police.  ABC has reported that he was initially uncooperative, which implies that at some point he has decided to cooperate.  (The Boston Herald disputes the ABC report, using the dismissive “Web reports” label.)

Many possible explanations exist.  It seems implausible that Hernandez had any role in the killing of the “associate,” given the presence of the rental car tied to Hernandez in the vicinity of the body.  At a minimum, the car would have been removed.

Also, there was no apparent effort to conceal the body, which was found by a jogger in an industrial park roughly a mile from Hernandez’s home on Monday.

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  1. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 19, 2013 8:10 AM

    Whether he did it or not, he knows what’s going on. Regardless, this can’t be good for his career.

  2. JC says: Jun 19, 2013 8:11 AM

    “Many possible explanations exist. It seems implausible that Hernandez had any role in the killing of the “associate,” given the presence of the rental car tied to Hernandez in the vicinity of the body. At a minimum, the car would have been removed.”

    Umm, what? How the heck does that make it implausible? He rented the car, the body was found near his home, his house was searched and he was questioned. It may not be a certainty that he had anything to do with it but it seems far more plausible, based on those pieces of evidence, that he did indeed have something to do with it than he didn’t because he didn’t move his rental car.

  3. zoxitic says: Jun 19, 2013 8:11 AM

    The NFL is the best:

    The best sport and soap opera rolled into one.

  4. grpatriot says: Jun 19, 2013 8:11 AM

    What’s in the box? Scene from Seven…..

  5. noose18 says: Jun 19, 2013 8:12 AM

    I’m on the edge of my seat…

  6. alexb1234 says: Jun 19, 2013 8:17 AM

    maybe we should question why hernandez (the millionaire) has a rental car in the town he lives in……this is unfortunate but there’s def more to this story

  7. thesteelers says: Jun 19, 2013 8:18 AM

    Nothing good comes from dead bodies. Hernandez shouldn’t be going around killing people like that. What was he thinking?

  8. nomoreseasontix says: Jun 19, 2013 8:21 AM

    How often do police spend hours searching the home of someone who is “not a suspect”?
    I suppose someone who is a suspect could have spent time there…

  9. SAV says: Jun 19, 2013 8:24 AM

    We are now seeing why the Pats have been stock piling TE’s and also seeing why the Ravens passed on both Gronk and Hernandez in that draft and went with Pitta…..

    In Ozzie we Trust…

    Ravens Nation for Life

    The path to the AFC Championship will be a walk in the park. Broncos secondary is a joke and Flacco has a cannon…Manning will destroyed by Dumervil/Suggs….

    See you guys in February…

  10. jwcarlson says: Jun 19, 2013 8:25 AM

    “Many possible explanations exist. It seems implausible that Hernandez had any role in the killing of the “associate,” given the presence of the rental car tied to Hernandez in the vicinity of the body. At a minimum, the car would have been removed.”

    What…?

    These are the same guys who can rake in millions and be broke by age 35-40. If you’re trying to say that there’s no way an NFL player would be dumb enough to kill someone and then leave a rental car (in his name) by the body; I have property in Florida to sell you.

  11. zoxitic says: Jun 19, 2013 8:27 AM

    MF is saying it is implausible because you’d have to be really high to……..wait, now I see your point.

  12. deadeye says: Jun 19, 2013 8:27 AM

    Far be it from me to speculate on possible criminal activities until all the facts come out…

    but this is obviously an elaborate scheme devised by Rex Ryan to get his hands on the Patriots playbook. It was in the box, and is being Fedexed to Jet headquarters as we speak. The big question is, will Goodell come clean about the whole thing or cover it all up?

  13. shadowrider2005 says: Jun 19, 2013 8:30 AM

    Got to love it when Florio starts talking like a lawyer.

  14. kingsforever says: Jun 19, 2013 8:30 AM

    Hockey players never seem to be involved in these stories…good Canadian Boys!

  15. joetoronto says: Jun 19, 2013 8:37 AM

    You can’t even whack somebody nowadays without the press making a big deal out of it.

  16. bartlettruss says: Jun 19, 2013 8:37 AM

    The people who know the most about the case, the police, seem to find it plausible as did the judge who issued a search warrant. I’ll assume the search warrant since police searched the home of a man they describe as “uncooperative”.

  17. salmen76 says: Jun 19, 2013 8:38 AM

    I got it. The box contains the illegal tapes the Patriots recorded and used to win 3 Super Bowls. “Where there’s smoke there’s FIRE boys”. Geaux Saints!

  18. lostsok says: Jun 19, 2013 8:38 AM

    “Law & Order: NFL Players Unit will continue after these messages…”

  19. dsigrey says: Jun 19, 2013 8:42 AM

    The box could contain anything that the police think might be evidence, not necessarily is evidence. It could also be something else they found in the home, say marijuana and paraphernalia. The home is also 7,000+ sq. ft., which would easily take hours to search. I would like to think that the fact that the truck was in his name and a body were so close to his home, show that he didn’t do this. You would think he would have at least moved the vehicle. That said, if he’s protecting one of his “boys” from back home it’s time to think about yourself and give him/them up. Obstruction of a murder investigation is a felony. Time to think about that daughter of yours, your family and your career.

  20. iamapatsfan says: Jun 19, 2013 8:45 AM

    “Two men who tried to leave during the search reportedly were detained. The car in which they planned to leave also was searched.”

    This part makes it sound more and more like friends or “associates” may have had involvment in it and Hernandez is a victim of associating with suspects, rather than a suspect himself. Hopefully he has nothing to do with it. I know that he had a lot of character issues when he got drafted. Obviously, while he may (hopefully) be moving on the right track, he’s still keeping assoctiations with people who are not.

    Regardless of your like or hate of the Patriots, you should root for someone who is using professional (highly paid) sports to get himself out of the rut he definitely would have been in if he didn’t have the choice.

    How many of these associates are from his past that are pretty much mooching off his athletic ability? And how hard would it be for someone like him to say no to friends from his teenage years? Hopefully this doesn’t get him into more trouble than he can get out of.

  21. jm91rs says: Jun 19, 2013 8:45 AM

    Why do these players need “associates” and why are there 2 men at his house when the police are there?

    These guys need to try living normal lives instead of hanging with their boys all the time. I’m gonna say it is discovered that the killing has nothing to do with Hernandez, but if I cared about Hernandez I’d be a little nervous about all of the oddities going on.

  22. noose18 says: Jun 19, 2013 8:46 AM

    There isn’t anything in the the box, but when opened a strange, golden glow can be seen emanating from the center…

  23. rawpowwa says: Jun 19, 2013 8:49 AM

    Implausible because the rental car was in the vicinity of the body? That’s some darn fine detective work.

    “He couldn’t be the killer, if he were, don’t you think he’d have washed the victims blood off his face?”

  24. sfaks17 says: Jun 19, 2013 8:54 AM

    For years, Patriots fans (along with many other fans) have commented about Ray Lewis and his murdering ways. Where are all those Patriots fans now?!?!

  25. bmorefalcon says: Jun 19, 2013 8:56 AM

    Better contact:

    Ray Lewis
    Attorney at law.

  26. waraggie says: Jun 19, 2013 8:59 AM

    “Many possible explanations exist. It seems implausible that Hernandez had any role in the killing of the “associate,” given the presence of the rental car tied to Hernandez in the vicinity of the body. At a minimum, the car would have been removed.”

    There are three plausible explanations for this paragraph. 1) You composed this article from your iPhone and Siri changed “plausible” to “implausible.” 2) It’s is quite possibly one of the worst paragraphs that you have ever put together….certainly seems implausible given the number of bad paragraphs I’ve seen from you over the years. 3) You have a man-crush on Hernandez or, even worse, you are officially out of the closet as a Patriots-homer (Steelers’ nation won’t like that). Either way, given the evidence, albeit circumstantial, it seems quite “plausible” that Hernandez has some information pertinent to an ongoing investigation. Whether he is connected or not remains to be seen.

  27. istateyourname says: Jun 19, 2013 9:00 AM

    If he didn’t list all of the drivers of the rental car, he’s going to be in big trouble at Hertz…

  28. floratiotime says: Jun 19, 2013 9:01 AM

    When reached for comment … Ray Lewis denied any involvement.

  29. greyhawk9 says: Jun 19, 2013 9:03 AM

    its certainly not implausible…thats why the police are investigating …for hours..with him not being completely cooperative….car in his name…..people fleeing his house….hmmmmm sounds like he may have some involvement.

  30. djcologne says: Jun 19, 2013 9:05 AM

    Why are police detaining Kato Kaelin at Aaronthal’s home?

  31. nyfootballgiants says: Jun 19, 2013 9:09 AM

    Time will tell if Hernandez had anything to do with this. But, keep in mind – the prisons are filled with people who committed crimes and did stupid things to get caught.

    Committing a crime doesn’t preclude people from being stupid

  32. micknangold says: Jun 19, 2013 9:10 AM

    Jake Ballard is systematically taking out the TE competition through ANY means necessary.

  33. mikelitoris1 says: Jun 19, 2013 9:10 AM

    Inside the box investigators find a bloodstained white suit… and suddenly a new suspect emerges.

  34. brilskin says: Jun 19, 2013 9:11 AM

    Murder investigation. Gronk’s back. I think Tebow’s going to have to trade in the 5 jersey for one in the 80′s.

  35. getsome99 says: Jun 19, 2013 9:13 AM

    Cause of death? Identity of the deceased and relation to Hernandez? Knowing these 2 “minor” details would eliminate a lot of speculation. Could very easily be a buddy who came in town for a weekend of partying and ultimately died. If drugs were involved, it would explain any coverup on Hernandez’s part.

  36. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 19, 2013 9:15 AM

    The police rarely label a suspect as a suspect until they’re ready to label the suspect as a suspect. Especially when the non-suspect is famous.

  37. upperdecker19 says: Jun 19, 2013 9:15 AM

    Thinks a game of Clue was in the box. It was Professor Plum, in the Conservatory, with the Lead Pipe.

  38. cromags says: Jun 19, 2013 9:15 AM

    With offseason workouts completed for most teams, the calendar has reached the point at which football gossip sites stir the pot of controversy to generate hits.

  39. shoeflypie says: Jun 19, 2013 9:20 AM

    “Why can’t these guys live normal lives?” I suspect your version of normal (the way setting and ways of doing thins) are probably very different than the “normal” in which they grew up. Basically, you are saying, “Why can’t they live like I do.” A little prejudice there, perhaps?

  40. silvernblak says: Jun 19, 2013 9:22 AM

    Hey, it worked for Ray Lewis! What? These guys cant find better things to do with all their millions, but get caught up in murder investigations?

  41. erth99 says: Jun 19, 2013 9:24 AM

    he is being setup(maybe) so that tebow has a shot at te…

  42. whysomanylosers says: Jun 19, 2013 9:27 AM

    Pats stadium announcer: “…..and starting at TE- Kellen Winslow Jr.”

  43. themagicman1223 says: Jun 19, 2013 9:32 AM

    You make millions of dollars, yet you decide to hang out with these types of bums.

  44. bender4700 says: Jun 19, 2013 9:32 AM

    I miss the days where facts were more important than the writers feelings…

    Just tell us what’s happening Florio. Focus on that, and less about your own speculation.

  45. rc33 says: Jun 19, 2013 9:33 AM

    Anything more comical than watching a buncha sports guys try to cover hard news?
    C’mon fellas, you know the drill; the Teal Party has to be at the crux of this. They just have to be.
    Are Brian Ross and I the only one’s that realize this?

  46. phillyphannn83 says: Jun 19, 2013 9:35 AM

    He probably got a rental for one of his loser buddies and that loser buddy is the one who knows something about something that probably has nothing to do with Aaron Hernandez…ya follow?

  47. bostoncommon says: Jun 19, 2013 9:35 AM

    “Why do these players need “associates” and why are there 2 men at his house when the police are there?”

    Oh please!! You might call them “friends.” The cops call them “associates.” Why *wouldn’t* there be people at his house? Do you ever have people–oops, associates–at your house?

  48. dynasonic says: Jun 19, 2013 9:37 AM

    Hernandez doesn’t need a lawyer… he needs Marvin Harrision to tell him how to get out of this.

  49. cuda1234 says: Jun 19, 2013 9:38 AM

    Typical Urban Meyer recruit. Good riddance, Go Gators!

  50. richkotitte says: Jun 19, 2013 9:43 AM

    In a strange twist, news is coming out that the box contains the ring finger of the deceased associate with Kraft’s superbowl ring on it , with a note from Putin saying, “here’s your silly ring.”

  51. duneroad says: Jun 19, 2013 9:46 AM

    I heard from an inside source the box contained video tapes of other teams walk throughs and signals

  52. vaphinfan says: Jun 19, 2013 9:50 AM

    I wonder if they found the videos of the rams practices before the super bowl.

  53. sschmiggles says: Jun 19, 2013 9:51 AM

    The only good thing for him so far is that he’s not the one who’s getting detained. But he could still be an accomplice and get jail time if he knew what was going on.

    As a Pats fan, I really hope it’s a best case scenario because we definitely need him this year. But it’s not looking good. Even if he doesn’t get charged, he could still be suspended if it comes out that he had a part to play in this.

    Just amazes me that so many pro athletes are willing to throw away amazing careers so easily.

  54. ultimatesaintsfan says: Jun 19, 2013 9:59 AM

    guess he has been hanging around ray lewis to much

  55. ravensterpsarmystrong says: Jun 19, 2013 10:00 AM

    A Patriot involved in a murder investigation? Say it isn’t so! Let the conspiracy theories begin: Tebow set him up? The KGB did is responsible because the dude knew the truth about “The Ring”.

  56. ravensterpsarmystrong says: Jun 19, 2013 10:02 AM

    The cops left the house with a box: The Ring is recovered! How’d it get there? Stay tuned.

  57. hornbuckle says: Jun 19, 2013 10:07 AM

    You know it’s bad when Gronk looks like the brains of the tight ends.

  58. mudhead123 says: Jun 19, 2013 10:09 AM

    Shocked a Mexican is in legal trouble

  59. slickswik says: Jun 19, 2013 10:12 AM

    Hernandez should talk to Ray Lewis for advice…

  60. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 19, 2013 10:14 AM

    I think Bellicheck has it on video, just saying.

  61. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Jun 19, 2013 10:14 AM

    He’s nothing but a punk…I’m sure he’s involved somehow.

  62. fafaflunky says: Jun 19, 2013 10:15 AM

    skins get their first round pick back..trade fred davis to the pats

  63. htowntexan says: Jun 19, 2013 10:16 AM

    I suspect the friend overdosed in a car AH had rented for him. They searched AH’s house and found similar drugs. Now it will be a finger pointing contest as to whose drugs they belonged to. Rank speculation, but with no mention of a “murder,” “shot,” or “stabbed,” this is where I’m leaning.

  64. fafaflunky says: Jun 19, 2013 10:17 AM

    if ray lewis, oj can get away with it so can hernandez..johnny law loves football players

  65. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 19, 2013 10:20 AM

    As a Pats fan I can’t say this looks good. Police lie all the time during investigations and are allowed to do so to suspects in most cases. He could be their prime suspect at this point and we wouldn’t know.

    On the other hand maybe several of his “associates” got into an argument that didn’t directly involve Hernandez and we don’t know that yet either.

    Not time to crucify Hernandez just yet, have to wait and see what comes out over the next several days.

  66. prosportswashington says: Jun 19, 2013 10:38 AM

    The two men were Vincent Vega and Jules. The police said: “we need to take a look in that box” and Jules said : “I’m afraid I can’t let you do that”

  67. arrghmakeitstop says: Jun 19, 2013 10:46 AM

    Yeah but how does Tebow feel about this? Come on PFT, get with it!

  68. uptownunderground says: Jun 19, 2013 10:46 AM

    Aaron don’t waste any time call Ray Lewis immediately. He’ll teach you how to beat this.

  69. silverhornet says: Jun 19, 2013 10:47 AM

    The two associates trying to leave the mansion during the search leads to this conclusion. It’s an “illegal transaction” gone bad. The dead body could be an associate who drove or was driven to the transaction location. The killer could be the person on the other end of the transaction (whose car is no longer at the scene). It could also be the other way around (plausible). Inside the box could be the item that was traded or evidence disclosing what item was involved in the transaction.

    For Aaron Hernandez. This conclusion is probably the best scenario that would lead to the least form of punishment possible.

  70. phinfan says: Jun 19, 2013 11:01 AM

    Suddenly their tightend scenerio seems in trouble – i guess tim tebow might see playing time sooner than later

  71. chris10385 says: Jun 19, 2013 11:02 AM

    Hey don’t worry Pats fans! If I remember correctly another player who recently retired was involved in a murder and look at him now! Two super bowl rings and a nice ESPN job!

  72. swikmyster says: Jun 19, 2013 11:09 AM

    Hernandez, talk to Ray Lewis…I’m sure he has some tricks up his sleeve

  73. mpops86 says: Jun 19, 2013 11:19 AM

    Ropes and Gray is the largest firm in Boston area. Not cheap, either.

  74. olcap says: Jun 19, 2013 11:28 AM

    Kind of surprising that a lawyer would assume that a regular person, albeit an NFL player, would be cool and collected, and remember to remove the rental car and dispose of the body, after murdering someone.

    I would think that if a regular person murdered somebody, they would be not thinking clearly afterwards, and would very possibly overlook cleaning up the crime scene in lieu of just running away. Seems more plausible than following the “after you have murdered someone” pamphlet.

  75. spedman24 says: Jun 19, 2013 11:38 AM

    The Circus still in NY? Wow, Bill will take a wife beater, a murdered & a rapist to win…and yeah, the jets are the bad guys.

  76. jayniner says: Jun 19, 2013 11:55 AM

    And somewhere Ray Lewis is breathing a sigh of relief that it’s not him…

  77. hankdatruthtella says: Jun 19, 2013 12:20 PM

    I’m sure the Patriots have the incident on videotape. Better keep it away from the commissioner.

  78. beerbudsnbevo says: Jun 19, 2013 12:40 PM

    Come on guys… Can we get just one more Ray Lewis legal advice comment….

    I just can’t get enough of them…

    SMH

  79. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 19, 2013 1:08 PM

    Ray said to be sure you lost your clothes you wore on the night in question it will guarantee a plea deal.

  80. northstarnic says: Jun 19, 2013 1:09 PM

    Well, we may have found Ray Lewis’s replacement. The NFL just isn’t the same without a murderer/accessory to murder on the all-star team.

  81. CKL says: Jun 19, 2013 2:05 PM

    richkotitte says:
    Jun 19, 2013 9:43 AM
    In a strange twist, news is coming out that the box contains the ring finger of the deceased associate with Kraft’s superbowl ring on it , with a note from Putin saying, “here’s your silly ring.”

    micknangold says:
    Jun 19, 2013 9:10 AM
    Jake Ballard is systematically taking out the TE competition through ANY means necessary.
    _________________________________
    To the Ravens , Dolphins, etc fans, this is how you make an actual funny joke at the expense of a team you hate. Kudos, Jets fans, well done!

    I’m not one of those fans who excuses everything because a guy plays for my team so if AHern is involved past some unwitting way such as renting a car for a friend who used it to commit a crime unbeknonwst to AHern, then I say cut him, take the hit and move on. But the time to judge that isn’t here yet either.

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