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Globe reports that there’s no arrest warrant, yet

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Somewhere, CNN is smirking.

In response to multiple reports that an arrest warrant has been issued for Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, the Boston Globe reports that no arrest warrant has been issued for Hernandez or anyone else in connection with the death of Odin Lloyd.

Since all reports cite unnamed law-enforcement officials, this is as good a spot as any to reiterate the concerns arising from reports based generally on one or more sources in law enforcement.

First, without knowing who the person is, there’s no way to know whether the person is in position to know anything.  “Law enforcement” is a very broad term encompassing many people from various departments, local, state, and federal.

Second, and perhaps more importantly, there could be a strategic objective to publish misinformation in order to prompt a reaction from those who are being investigated.  If, for example, Hernandez and others sense that the noose is tightening, will they behave in a way that indicates guilt?

So while there’s no reason to think that the reports aren’t technically accurate (i.e., that law-enforcement officials are separately saying things that don’t mesh), the conflict demonstrates that different law-enforcement officials know different things — and that they may have different reasons for spreading information that may not be accurate.

The problem for the media outlets becomes separating the cream from the crap, especially if law enforcement has decided that circulating incorrect information could prompt the kind of reaction that will help achieve the far more important goal of bringing Lloyd’s killer(s) to justice.  In those situations, the sources are likely to be very persuasive and persistent, which could make them in turn seem even more credible.

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62 Responses to “Globe reports that there’s no arrest warrant, yet”
  1. floratiotime says: Jun 21, 2013 10:40 AM

    The only place he’s not considered guilty is Boston.

  2. abninf says: Jun 21, 2013 10:43 AM

    Character issues are why Mr. Jones did not bring him to Dallas.

  3. chibears615 says: Jun 21, 2013 10:44 AM

    Its probably a good thing the patriots have not won a recentl Superbowl or else Hernandez would have killed somebody with his ring

  4. rc33 says: Jun 21, 2013 10:44 AM

    Awesome. The incompetence of the media is mind-numbing. Not surprised, of course.

  5. billp73 says: Jun 21, 2013 10:45 AM

    The Globe was spot on during the marathon bombing aftermath, when others were tripping all over themselves…for whatever that’s worth in this case.

  6. skoobyfl says: Jun 21, 2013 10:47 AM

    Boston Bong.

  7. upperdecker19 says: Jun 21, 2013 10:47 AM

    “Since all reports cite unnamed law-enforcement officials”

    *******************************

    It’s Putin!!!

  8. allday28mvpmvp says: Jun 21, 2013 10:48 AM

    He’s the new Whitey Bulger

  9. fanofevilempire says: Jun 21, 2013 10:48 AM

    if it’s not ready yet it will be soon………

  10. liontuss says: Jun 21, 2013 10:49 AM

    This just in!

    Our News 7 helicopter is now in pursuit of a white bronco. It appears to be Wes Welker.

  11. olcap says: Jun 21, 2013 10:50 AM

    Drew Brees wants answers.

  12. fanofevilempire says: Jun 21, 2013 10:50 AM

    the NFL will bail him out in time to have him speak to the incoming freshmen class about making sure you know how to properly cover up a murder.

  13. adkfootballfan says: Jun 21, 2013 10:50 AM

    What would Tony Soprano do?

  14. johnnylsousa says: Jun 21, 2013 10:51 AM

    I’m sure Ray Lewis is on his side too

  15. nfloracle says: Jun 21, 2013 10:55 AM

    You can bet an ice cream cone in hell that as soon as the authorities have the slightest bit of evidence to charge Hernandez, they’ll arrest him.

    The DA and ambitious prosecutors are salivating over a shot at becoming mayor of Boston or even governor if they can win a big publicity case on a popular athlete.

    Most reporters are the same way… get the scoop and win the hoop.

    I’ll give Florio credit for keeping PFT’s reporting on this story grounded in reality, for the most part.

  16. yooperman says: Jun 21, 2013 10:58 AM

    Now that the guy from FL named Hernandez as the person who shot him in a law suit, shouldn’t the State of Florida look into attempted murder?

  17. phillypfanatic says: Jun 21, 2013 10:59 AM

    Tiki Barber is flabbergasted by these recent developments

  18. dsigrey says: Jun 21, 2013 11:01 AM

    floratiotime says:
    Jun 21, 2013 10:40 AM
    The only place he’s not considered guilty is Boston.

    ***************************

    Not true, most of us think he’s going to burn in hell…

  19. staff2cj says: Jun 21, 2013 11:05 AM

    Drew Brees needs an explanation!!! The Patroit way!!!

  20. RBC says: Jun 21, 2013 11:06 AM

    Only a matter of time. He’s just circling the drain at this point.

  21. skleech22 says: Jun 21, 2013 11:07 AM

    This has Bobby Kraft paying someone off,written all over it!

  22. tharoostah says: Jun 21, 2013 11:08 AM

    When in doubt trust Deadspin. Suddenly the most trustworthy sports news outlet.

  23. pftfan says: Jun 21, 2013 11:09 AM

    Does 12 articles in 24 hours justify the “Circus” label, or are Patriots fans still in denial?

  24. despenc925 says: Jun 21, 2013 11:09 AM

    I know this may sound bad, but I’d rather read this news instead of all the tebow talk. thank you Aaron Hernandez for keeping me entertained til the football season officially starts!

  25. neelybourque778 says: Jun 21, 2013 11:10 AM

    At this point it doesn’t even matter what the actual charges are. I hope he never puts on the Pats jersey again. He’s a scumbag and I don’t want to be forced to root for him. Good riddance.

  26. gallaghedj311 says: Jun 21, 2013 11:12 AM

    starting TE for your New England patriots, Tim Tebow!

    Are we sure that he destroyed video evidence? Doesn’t sound like something the Patriots endorse…..

  27. richndc says: Jun 21, 2013 11:13 AM

    He was in Second Mile program as an ‘at-risk’ youth. Ole Jer fixed him up good, so he has issues, killing folks and hiding his tracks is just the result of his unfortunate past. Not his fault. You are all a bunch of stoopit ht88rs!!!!

  28. stillers1229 says: Jun 21, 2013 11:13 AM

    “First, without knowing who the person is, there’s no way to know whether the person is in position to know anything.”

    This from the same guy who constantly cites, “person with knowledge of the situation” and “someone close to the team” as his sources in stories. You crack me up.

  29. joeynova22 says: Jun 21, 2013 11:14 AM

    This isnt going to be a long post because this isnt going to be a long CASE. He is destroying incriminating evidence before a warrant was even issued. HE IS DONE. He will never play football again because he couldn’t let go of a few punks he grew up with and obviously was one of them the entire time.

    This speaks to the fraudulent franchise that is the Patriots, Tom Brady taking pay cuts to lose Welker and pay guys like Hernandez all the while knowing he would implode at some point.

    Another perfect crime for “the hooded one” and their Kraft-ty owner.

  30. dontfwme says: Jun 21, 2013 11:15 AM

    I’m curious what kind of evidence they can get out of the cleaning company. There must have been some blood somewhere in the house that the house cleaner saw and cleaned. Why did they not report it then? If that company has any sense, they would have a policy that employees must report to management anything that looks like it could be a crime scene.

  31. ramitbaby says: Jun 21, 2013 11:16 AM

    This is setting up perfectly for the Rams. As soon as he’s sentenced to 30 days in jail (to be served after the 2013 season, of course), Jeff Fisher will trade him straight-up for Lance Kendricks.

  32. joeynova22 says: Jun 21, 2013 11:17 AM

    There is a line that explains this in a great movie, “A Bronx Tale’ directed by Robert Deniro.

    “The worst thing in the world is wasted talent” -Lorenzo the bus driver, (Deniro)

  33. 1phd says: Jun 21, 2013 11:17 AM

    Seems like there is little doubt that he’s being arrested at some point. They are probably working it out with the DA, so while technically it’s not issued yet, it’s just a matter of time until it is.

  34. bunjy96 says: Jun 21, 2013 11:17 AM

    floratiotime says: Jun 21, 2013 10:40 AM

    The only place he’s not considered guilty is Boston.

    And Gainesville. Any Gator worth his salt has a history of avoiding prosecution while still in school. Someone needs to tell Hernandez he is not in school any more.

  35. u4iadman says: Jun 21, 2013 11:18 AM

    Pats cheat.

  36. mjdkid100 says: Jun 21, 2013 11:19 AM

    floratiotime says:
    Jun 21, 2013 10:40 AM
    The only place he’s not considered guilty is Boston.

    ————————

    Couldnt be farther from the truth.

    Keep letting your sports affiliations dictate what you say, and you’ll continue to sound stupid.

    He’s most likely going to jail and he’ll be cut from the Pats. There will be no plea deal cause these idiots screwed up so bad, the police wont even need their help to put them away.

  37. spammerscrammer says: Jun 21, 2013 11:21 AM

    Geez. I hate these types of stories. He gets drafted in 2010, becomes one of the top tight ends in the NFL and one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets, gets a long term contract extension, and his future is so bright you got to wear shades.

    Then he gets in trouble with the law. And now all kinds of stories come crawling out of dark crevices about how everyone knew he was no good as soon as they laid their eyes on him.

    It seems that the press does not like to write negative stories about the character of athletes but when they are down and there is blood in the water the killer instinct takes over and every reporter has to get their pound of flesh.

    I hope this turns out to be a big misunderstanding. He is a terrific player with unique skills and I love watching him play. The only thing I know from experience with other tragic stories is that at least half of what being said is not true. I wish the press what a little more careful. But then, when there is blood in the water….

  38. fanofevilempire says: Jun 21, 2013 11:22 AM

    I say those two good for nothing sisters are
    the cause of all this.
    What is the story about these two woman?

  39. michaeloco5492 says: Jun 21, 2013 11:22 AM

    He’ll be suiting up by week 9.

  40. pachyderm63 says: Jun 21, 2013 11:23 AM

    ” abninf says:
    Jun 21, 2013 10:43 AM
    Character issues are why Mr. Jones did not bring him to Dallas. ”

    bwa ha ha ha ha bwah ha ha ha ha…

  41. fanofevilempire says: Jun 21, 2013 11:24 AM

    There was a report that Hernandez was asked to leave the Patriots facility, is this true?

  42. eb3110 says: Jun 21, 2013 11:26 AM

    Total speculation on my part, but what I think happened is:

    -This was a drug deal gone bad

    -Someone else outside of Hernandez’ crew (on the dealer side) shot the guy

    -They all panicked and didn’t want the drug deal part to get out (because of Hernandez’s employment)

    -They left the body (thinking they couldn’t be linked to it since they didn’t touch/kill him)

    -They went back to the house and did all this other stuff (phone/camera smashing, hiring the cleaning crew) to hide the fact they were there. The phones probably have references to the deal, perhaps what happened after, and the camera obviously shows them returning just after the murder.

    -They initially refused to cooperate out of fear they’d be killed next.

    Who knows if this is the case, but if so it is the BEST CASE SCENARIO for Hernandez at this point and he had better say it and say it SOON. It’s certainly better than being linked to murder.

    This all makes more sense to me than Hernandez and his friends taking the guy (who happens to be his fiancé’s sister’s boyfriend) to an isolated industrial park and killing him. They were just out partying with the guy. Think about it: it’s early morning and they’re leaving the strip club. Maybe they decide they’d like to pick up some marijuana or (more likely) cocaine and continue the party back at Hernandez’s house. So they call their dealer and have him meet them at the industrial park (convenient since it’s close to his house and the perfect place for a late night drug deal because no one is around). Something goes horribly wrong and their friend winds up dead (either the dealer tries to rob them, someone mouths off, whatever).

  43. mjdkid100 says: Jun 21, 2013 11:28 AM

    joeynova22 says:
    Jun 21, 2013 11:14 AM
    This isnt going to be a long post because this isnt going to be a long CASE. He is destroying incriminating evidence before a warrant was even issued. HE IS DONE. He will never play football again because he couldn’t let go of a few punks he grew up with and obviously was one of them the entire time.

    This speaks to the fraudulent franchise that is the Patriots, Tom Brady taking pay cuts to lose Welker and pay guys like Hernandez all the while knowing he would implode at some point.

    Another perfect crime for “the hooded one” and their Kraft-ty owner.
    —————————–

    It says nothing about the Pats. What are you talking about? Incidents happen all over the NFL every year. This is just worse than the others and he will pay the price.

    Football, the Pats, and life will go on for everyone else. I guess enjoy your chance to hate while you can, cause in a few months when the games start, no one will care.

  44. pinion8ted says: Jun 21, 2013 11:30 AM

    abninf says: Jun 21, 2013 10:43 AM

    Character issues are why Mr. Jones did not bring him to Dallas.
    ———————————————————
    Right, because it’s not like he’s got players killing other players there ….. right????

  45. richndc says: Jun 21, 2013 11:31 AM

    Time to cue up the “I was fisted by Sandusky when I was 8″ defense!

  46. sonofsamadams says: Jun 21, 2013 11:31 AM

    Somewhere Pete Carroll is smiling…no more Adderall questions while Hernandez is under the media microscope.

  47. crimepedrankings says: Jun 21, 2013 11:32 AM

    they brought Tebow in to try to save him i.e SALVATION

  48. pinion8ted says: Jun 21, 2013 11:34 AM

    fanofevilempire says: Jun 21, 2013 11:24 AM

    There was a report that Hernandez was asked to leave the Patriots facility, is this true?
    ———————————————————-
    Yes. He unexpectedly showed up yesterday, and they asked him to leave.

  49. skinsrock says: Jun 21, 2013 11:34 AM

    It’s not what you know… It’s what you can PROVE! What can the police prove at this point? I mean Caylee Anthony was found dead & last seen with her mother. In a US court of law, she was found not guilty. They need to find a murder weapon with prints.

    Give me all the negative comments you want…. Obstruction of Justice won’t stick. There is no law that says you can’t break your own stuff or have your house cleaned. He just LOOKS guilty… but that’s not enough to convict a person with a good attorney in US court room.

  50. CKL says: Jun 21, 2013 11:36 AM

    I love how all these non Pats fans keep saying things like we Pats fans condone this or exuse this with 0 evidence that we do. I don’t know a single Pats fan who doesn’t want him gone if he’s even so much as guilty of obstruction of justice (that looks like the minimum he’s guilty of).

    Here’s the thing, some of us were even surprised AH got an extension (I know for sure I said so on here at the time) because even without anything from media, we felt like he was a bit immature at best.

    Looks like the worst error in judgement belongs to the Patriots brass.

  51. bullcharger says: Jun 21, 2013 11:37 AM

    How about reporting some facts in this case? Right now it’s one unidentified source after the next and there is no undertstanding of what actually happened at all. What story is Hernandez telling? At what location was the guy shot? Is it ruled out that he was shot where he was found? Is there an actual arrest warrant? Did Hernandez actually break his phone and security system and get his house cleaned?

    Everything seems totally speculative at the moment and Hernandez is still walking around free.

  52. mattwalshvideo says: Jun 21, 2013 11:41 AM

    Bob Kraft is currently giving the DA a reach around.

  53. relggigeht says: Jun 21, 2013 11:42 AM

    “He’ll be suiting up by week 9.”

    In an orange jump suit.

  54. staff2cj says: Jun 21, 2013 11:43 AM

    Another person kilt!!! so sad

  55. dmc1542 says: Jun 21, 2013 11:50 AM

    floratiotime says: Jun 21, 2013 10:40 AM

    The only place he’s not considered guilty is Boston.
    ______________________________

    Really? Because I have not seen one person say that he is probably innocent of a crime. If guilty, I, as a Patriot fan, hope he spends the rest of his life in prison.

  56. ddmcd1974 says: Jun 21, 2013 12:03 PM

    Here is what I think happened:

    Someone in his crew did pull the trigger. Hernandez did not. He wasn’t there. Once he found out he took off then the crew wrecked the house. He came back had his house cleaned from being panicked. He doesn’t want to rat out his crew but will have to.

  57. duffelbagsports says: Jun 21, 2013 12:10 PM

    What happened to the old days when the reporter had to have at least two credible sources. Now they seem to throw anything against the wall to see what sticks. If we believed what the media said there would be at least 15 different people convicted for the marathon bombing.

  58. decimusprime says: Jun 21, 2013 12:44 PM

    Ok. “Associate” who was dating AH’s girlfriend….has yet to be labeled a “friend” sounds like either he was kinda forced to hang with Odin (you know at his GF’s request to get to know her sister’s BF) or maybe Odin was the guy who hooked them up with drugs and he thought he could sneak some baby powder in with the coke and these “gangsta’s” went gangster on him in a cocaine fueled rage killing. Why is there even a rental car involved here? Maybe this whole thing was premeditated and AH didnt want blood in his Benz. Crimes like this sometimes go unnoticed, and maybe because of their gang past they thought it would be just another one of those “body found shot” things that dont get solved. This isn’t Compton in the early 90′s. Not dragging the body further away from the road might have been these guys biggest mistake, other than the crime itself.

  59. doe22us says: Jun 21, 2013 12:51 PM

    He just played his last down last season. Good bye.

  60. duffelbagsports says: Jun 21, 2013 1:11 PM

    Keep in mind this is the same Boston Globe that reported Hernandez was turned away from the Patriot’s facility when in fact he stayed there for an hour.

  61. sc711 says: Jun 21, 2013 1:44 PM

    Why he is screwed, it does not matter who pulled the trigger.

    Anyone who helped somebody to COMMIT the murder (legally called “aiding and abetting”), that person is equally a “principle” in the crime, and is subject to the same punishment as the person who actually committed the offense.

    However, the precise legal meaning of “accessory” in law is a person who knows that somebody committed a felony, who did NOT aid and abet in that crime, but who thereafter harbors, conceals, or aids the person with the intent that the person escape arrest or punishment.

  62. hatisle says: Jun 21, 2013 5:45 PM

    The rented car was for his pal’s Florida he flew in to throw some easy money to care of this problem he had with GF’s sister. Bunch of amateurs screwed everything up and now they all go to jail. Wait until the girl friend and her sister start talking.

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