Report: Hernandez to be charged with obstruction of justice

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Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will reportedly be charged with obstruction of justice in connection with the death of Odin Lloyd.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030, citing an unnamed law enforcement source, reports that an arrest warrant has been issued on a charge of obstruction of justice. The report added that additional charges against Hernandez are possible.

Police reportedly believe that Hernandez destroyed footage from his home security system, broke his camera into pieces and had his home professionally cleaned shortly after the death of Lloyd, a 27-year-old man who has been described as an “associate” of Hernandez.

The WBZ report comes on the heels of a Sports Illustrated report on Thursday that said Hernandez is likely to be arrested. It is still not clear when or where the arrest would take place.

UPDATE 10:42 a.m. ET:  The Boston Globe reports that no arrest warrant has been issued.

152 responses to “Report: Hernandez to be charged with obstruction of justice

  1. It’s a start. With all we’ve heard so far, the average joe would’ve been in jail days ago on more serious charges.

  2. He should be permanently suspended. He sounds like a real scumbag. At the very least he’s covering up a murder. Hopefully he doesn’t end up with just a slap on the wrist.

  3. Remember when BB said he wasn’t going to give minute by minute updates on Tebow? Doesn’t seem so bad now, huh?

  4. Hard to imagine someone could be so blatantly stupid. Here’s an idea. Let’s smash my video surveillance system, smash my cell phone, hire a cleaning crew, and nobody will think that’s suspicious at all after this dude I was just with is found murdered.

    Total loser.

  5. If he really has 4.5 speed, then this would be the best time to use it.
    He can make it out of MA in a few hours. Kind of like the cops following OJs Bronco but theyd be on highway following a guy running – how funny would that be.

  6. Dumping the body down the street in a vehicle rented in your name, Hernandez and his boys had to be smoking some reaaaally good weed, I mean that California stuff. Either that or they’ve graduated to cutting their weed with crack or PCP.

    No other explanation for why this psychopath and his buddies actually thought they could kill a guy and get away with it.

    I mean, besides the so called media missing his multiple shootings of different people over the past 6 or 7 years so they can tell us how much of a scumbag Chad Johnson is for slapping his lawyer on the butt or T.O. is for being a bad teammate. I know that was more important than someone shooting people.

  7. skinsrock says:
    Jun 21, 2013 7:20 AM
    So destroying your own property is obstruction of justice? This is another great reach by government

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    when you destroy your own property that could have had evidence in solving a murder, than yes that is obstruction of justice, you stupid tool….

  8. obstruction?
    you gotta be kidding me!

    the great mumbling hoodie just looked down and mumbled “I taught him well”

    then practiced saying “they did a better job than we did” and “they made more plays than we did”.

    (see the irony? the “patriot way” is obstruction)

  9. Horatio is on his way to Boston as we speak. Hernandez gave him the slip in the Miami Face Shooter case but he’s going down for this one.

  10. He could be charged with felony murder (up to 55 years in prison) even if he didnt pull the trigger (which would charge intentional homicide), as long as he did something, anything that lead to the death of victim. And of course, the police can prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.

  11. So destroying your own property is obstruction of justice? This is another great reach by government.

    If it was done to cover up a crime then YES it is obstruction of justice.

  12. With Gronk possibly being out and now Hernandez possibly being in jail and no Welker, the Bills chances of winning on opening day just went sky high.

  13. Why do I have a feeling he’ll skate and become the next martyr/league hero like Ray Lewis? If he’s not suspended AT LEAST 4 games over this, Goodell should immediately be fired, and Ben Roethlisberger should sue the league.

  14. Wow this due isn’t very smart, first of all if I were an NFL player I wouldn’t be hanging out with these bums. As I’ve said before he doesn’t deserve to be in the NFL.

  15. Foolish Ray Lewis haters on line 1 right on cue….. (1st ballot hof, 2time MVP, 2superbowls so say what you want .Most of you haters wish he was on your team but that’s between us ok…lol)

  16. Better call Ray Lewis and get all of his contact info. from his defense team . They kept him out of jail for murder maybe they can do the same for you .

  17. “So destroying your own property is obstruction of justice? This is another great reach by government.”
    —-
    I’m a freedom motivated independent, but put the big bad government stuff in the trash bag. So if you kill someone in your home, the government should have no right to investigate that?

    Private property rights do not extend to murder.
    If they do, then I’d rather live in Mexico, where the weather is better.

  18. Common sense suggests that if you are going to go way out of the ordinary (smashing video equipment, cell phones & having your home professionally cleaned), you would drive more than one mile to dump the body.

    Who thought that would be a good strategy? I realize criminals aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed but we are talking about a college graduate here, ok, from the U of FLA but still, how dumb can you be?

  19. Rut row.

    “Generally, federal obstruction of justice is punishable by up to five years in prison. If the obstruction occurs in connection with the trial of a federal criminal case, the defendant may be sentenced to either five years in prison, or the maximum sentence that could be imposed in the trial in which the obstruction occurred, whichever is greater.”

  20. Scouting reports are coming out on him and they are riddled with serious character concerns… that was the real reason he slid to the 4th.

    Crazy as a Pats fan I’ve never really heard of any of these issues until now, it was just the weed thing over and over. Once he got his big deal he spoke to the media and said how Kraft changed his life, everyone figured he turned a new leaf.

    I loved this dude’s football skills but Pats should bite the bullet and release him as soon as possible. This will be a national story for months but “FORMER Patriot” will sound a lot better on the news.

  21. Did everyone see his million dollar mansion? These are the kind of losers the USA makes rich. We live in a pathetic media-driven country that focuses on celebrities and athletes.

    Everything else is secondary.

  22. for all of you who are or will be bringing up ray lewis, please remember that the men that died attacked ray and his friends and the courts ruled that ray’s friends were not guilty because they were defending themselves. those are facts that are available in public record. as far as hernandez goes, the man is entitled to his day in court. lets see it play out before we rush to judgement. it doesnt look good but he still gets his day in court

  23. The reason for this charge is to get him in stir. They’ll likely do the same with the other two. Then sweat them until whomever DIDN’T kill him cracks.

    If one does, we’ll find out what happened. I suspect the victim was driving one of the rental cars and clipped something, breaking the light. When they got to Hernandez’ crib, the latter went ballistic, the victim got lippy, and everything went sideways.

    The sad reality is that people brought up in a situation where they are surrounded by violence, hear it glorified in music, and place limited value on education…this is the kind of people they become.

    I am pleased to note that few PFT readers tie it to race. This is the end result of nurture…not nature.

  24. Foolish Ray Lewis haters on line 1 right on cue….. (1st ballot hof, 2time MVP, 2superbowls so say what you want .Most of you haters wish he was on your team but that’s between us ok…lol)

    Using the term haters shows your lack of moral depth, but your handle explains it. Yup, death means nothing in Baltimore only Lombardi’s ….pathetic values.

  25. How is it that these athletes, think that they are above the laws of normal people? The fact that someone lost their life and he had a hand in it is unreal…there wasn’t a better way to deal with it than this?
    Loyalty to friends is one thing, but could he prevented the death regardless of what the deceased did or had on them?
    I pray for the victims family….very sad
    As for Hernandez…he just flushed his own future down the toilet

  26. Word of advice for Aaron. Start doing a dance, that is more like a seizure, and the people of New England will forget about everything.

  27. I read more criminal law and binding arbitration settlements more than football in the offseason. I know, I know, I don’t have to read it.

  28. @skinsrock you have been poisoned by Rand Paul, Michelle Bachmann and TeaParty thinking in general.

    Destroying evidence in a murder trial is, was, and always shall be obstruction of justice, not another sign of “big government.”

    You need a reality check in the worst way possible.

  29. Obstruction of justice is the least of this genius’s problems right now. If he was at the scene then he will be charged with at least being an accomplice to or possibly murder.

    I’ll say I was impressed to hear that he was told to leave Gillette Stadium yesterday when he showed up for a workout.

    A lifetime ban from the NFL is in order Mr. Goodell! You need to send a clear message to the league and world that these sort of actions will not be tolerated.

  30. Strange charge. Not accessory? He either will be charged later or truly had nothing to do with the murder and is covering up drug abuse and drug dealing.

  31. Breaking your own property and cleaning your house is now a crime. If the police wanted those things then they should have gotten them while they could. If the state is going this route, they probably don’t have a chance on a murder conviction and this’ll all end in Aaron writing an apology letter and 20 hours community service.

  32. @skinsrock. …yeah when your involved in a murder. Is it normal practice for someone to destroy their security footage? So you think the government is intruding because the police are using common sense?

  33. for all of you who are or will be bringing up ray lewis, please remember that the men that died attacked ray and his friends and the courts ruled that ray’s friends were not guilty because they were defending themselves. those are facts that are available in public record. as far as hernandez goes, the man is entitled to his day in court. lets see it play out before we rush to judgement. it doesnt look good but he still gets his day in court

    I am sure the testimony of the two dead men was consistent with the living? And the white suit was missing because…? Please remember some things are real and some are not…that means your believe in Santa and Ray are a joke.

  34. Obstruction was a given. There could be more. Accessory, conspiracy, felony murder, or worse charges could follow. Nobody outside of those three guys knows exactly what happened but if the reports are accurate Hernandez has huge issues. My guess, the guy was shot in the house and dumped with the rental (that was rented by Hernandez for Loyd’s use), the camera system and phone were destroyed to hide who actually pulled the trigger and/or for video of them leaving/arriving. Obstruction and the drug issues should be enough for league action even if the other charges never surface. His history is not helping his benefit of the doubt in this either.

  35. As many of you have said Hernandez and his associates are dumb. Mix in alcohol and weed the dumbness is compounded. There should be a law that impaired dumb people shouldn’t be allowed to make critical decisions. Imagine a jury with people like AH and associates deliberating?

  36. I love you idiots that convict the guy before knowing all of the facts, in fact most of you get all of your facts from the other idiots that post on this site. When this is all over and Hernandez is reporting to training camp you all will go back to saying stupid stuff about the Colts. Losers!!!

  37. The patriots have locked him out of the team facilities. You can be sure that he will be cut and that the Patriots will move on without him.

  38. For everyone out there questioning his wisdom for “destroying evidence”… it seems to me you’re kind of missing the big picture.

    Nobody DESTROYS all evidence that someone was at your house or what happened there unless something incriminating is in that evidence.

    Clearly he is trying to cover his own involvement or that of his friends.

    If he was successful in destroying said evidence and they could be implicated in his murder, however illegal or evil the obstruction was, he is figuring it can’t be as bad as a murder or murder accomplice charge….

  39. whatjusthapped says:
    Jun 21, 2013 7:50 AM
    Common sense suggests that if you are going to go way out of the ordinary (smashing video equipment, cell phones & having your home professionally cleaned), you would drive more than one mile to dump the body.

    Who thought that would be a good strategy? I realize criminals aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed but we are talking about a college graduate here, ok, from the U of FLA but still, how dumb can you be?

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    I think that’s the point… No one would do that. Especially leaving the car. He hasn’t been charged with murder. We don’t know yet that the guy was killed in the house. He might be covering up drug activity and not murder. I think he would have been charged by now if they thought he was the murderer or an accessory. Maybe not… Maybe they still charge him once they finish the investigation.

  40. nofool…reminder that you are a fan of a team that emplys a convicted felon and a multiple time accused rapist and is 2nd in the afcn in player arrests behind cinci. all this un its quest for ring 7. your supposed morals are a joke. the steelers just like every other team will use anyone to help them win. the country you fought for determined the ray lewis case. 13 years ago. and please dont tell me about the men that died. they put themselves in that situation by instigating the altercation. they didnt deserve to die but they did bring it on themselves. ray lewis killed no one. he made a mistake by trying to cover for his friends. its over. he paid his penalty. so go root for ben and plax, pretend pitt would have acted any differently if ray was a steeler, and get a clue

  41. I am amazed at all the morons who think Patriot fans will defend this guy because of their blind loyalty.

    A man is dead today at the age of 27. If Aaron Hernandez had a hand in this – which it certainly LOOKS like he did – he deserves nothing but jailtime for the rest of his pathetic life.

    The fans won’t support him, Bill Belichick won’t support him, and Bob Kraft won’t support him.

    If he actually pulled the trigger, it will be unbelievable how stupid he was to do that and throw away such a lucrative career, and I have to assume that he did pull the trigger; why would anyone go to such great lengths to destroy evidence like this, for a friend????

    Couple that with the allegation that he already shot a guy in February, and it’s not hard to believe Hernandez is a cold-blooded murderer in the vein of OJ Simpson, Rae Caruth, and Ray Lewis.

  42. If someone told me a few months ago Welker would walk, Tebow would sign. Gronk would have more surgeries, and Hernandez would be in the middle of a murder investigation….. I woulda laughed them outta the building. Crazy thing is I bet they still win 11 games or more.

  43. “Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will reportedly be charged with obstruction of justice in connection with the death of Odin Lloyd.”…..

    The police are smart to get something on the books so he can’t escape the country. You know they are now working on the accessory/murder/conspiracy charges right now. Aaron Hernandez better lawyer up and roll over on his boys or he’s looking at 55+ years.

    I’ll never understand how you can make it to the pinnacle of success and find a way to give it all away.

  44. If all he gets is obstruction he’ll be damn lucky. Conspiracy, murder and accomplice after the fact (not sure if that’s the correct legal term for the last one)…..

    He’s finished in the league.

  45. Clearly, Hernandez is ESPN reporter material.
    Next year, he will be analyzing how great Ray Lewis was a Raven. & vice versa.

  46. Where do all these idiots coming from saying cleaning your house and breaking property is a crime? Are they just complete diehard patriot fans trying to convince themselves this dude had nothing to do with this? Or are they really this stupid? If potential evidence in a crime is destroyed, its obstruction of justice. My 7 year old daughter knows that. This is hernandez doing whatever he can to get a lesser charge than murder.

  47. Hernandez signed a contract in August 2012 with $16.4 million “guaranteed.” It looks like $12.5 million was a signing bonus, so he still has another $3.9 million in guaranteed money.

    If he ends up going to jail, does he still get that guaranteed money? What sort of legal actions can the Pats take (if any) to recoup their investment?

  48. Glad to see the NFL makes the effort to speak to NFL players before their careers start at their symposiums. Some if these NFL players should just sit their with their headsets on since some of these Yahoos won’t listen no matter what!!

  49. As a Patriots fan I hope Hernandez goes to prison. After hearing about what he’s done over the past few days I can never root for the guy again. Nobody destroys their cell phone or video surveillance system unless they have something to hide period.

    The solace for the Patriots organization is that they will be able to void the rest of Hernandez’s contract (including the guaranteed dollars) and get some cap relief immediately and for the future. Gronk will return at some point and Amendola has looked good so far, what they have should still be enough to win the AFC East but it’s hard to see them winning too much more than that.

  50. A good lawyer will demonstrate that smashing your cell phone and destroying your surveillance system amounts to retro-actively taking the 5th.

    Charges dropped, case closed.

  51. Every village and NFL team has an idiot.

    He probably fumbled the security camera like he does the ball.

    I’m a Patriots fan, cut him, I hope he never plays another down.

    Maybe the Mean Machine will sign him up while he’s rotting away in Walpole

  52. “rodgers419 says: Jun 21, 2013 8:12 AM

    Breaking your own property and cleaning your house is now a crime. If the police wanted those things then they should have gotten them while they could. If the state is going this route, they probably don’t have a chance on a murder conviction and this’ll all end in Aaron writing an apology letter and 20 hours community service.”

    What is wrong with you people? Destroying evidence is a crime. In theory, you can own any type of murder weapon too. If you destroy it after, it’s a crime. Are American’s this dumb?

  53. You got to do what you got to do. It is way better to have destroyed evidence than to have evidence just sitting there ready to convict you. In the long run, he will be better off having brought in the cleaning crew, having a malfunctioning cell phone or video system. 5th amendment type stuff.

  54. all the cover up stuff I get it… kids scared… but if u are gonna be involved in a murder…. ya don’t dump a body a mile from your house… it really sounds like something happened between 2 other people and he is trying to cover his ass…. not very well but… reminds me of the Jason Williams back in 2006..he shot someone is his house and tried to cover it up

  55. I love the people who keep saying Goodell should suspend Hernandez for life for this. Because remember when Ray Lewis did pretty much this exact same thing and then played in the Super Bowl the played in another Super Bowl ten years later and cried with the Commish just a few months ago about his retirement? Remember when Leonard Little killed someone? Remember when Dante Stallworth (while a Patriot) killed someone? Josh Brent killed ANOTHER NFL PLAYER just last year and I don’t think he’s suspended.

    The NFL has a long history of aligning itself with murderers and scumbags.

  56. Well, it’s not as bad as dogfighting. He was trying to protect his lifelong buddies. Perfectly understandable mistake. I doubt he would ever get prison time for this. Put him in uniform for week 2 against the hated Jets.

    We’ve seen much worse in the NFL, from Michael Vick to Travis Henry to PacMan Jones, Dez Bryant, Ben Roethisburger, Rae Carruth. The list goes on and on and on. Anyone who thinks the Pats are much worse than any other team in this regard is kidding themselves. It’s harder than you think to turn your lifelong friends in to the cops. He’ll learn from this and move on.

  57. Unlike Goody, I’ll reserve judgement until its all said and done. It will be interesting to see how the Ginger Hammer handles this though. A good player on a coddled team involved in a scandal? Perish the thought.

  58. In all fairness, he is just doing what Belichick/Goddell taught him, destroy ALL video evidence.

    In all seriousness, he at MINIMUM has obstructed justice and is probably an accessory to murder

  59. Somewhere in a North Carolina prison cell, Rae Curruth (who hid in a car trunk in an attempt to get away from the FBI) is thinking “even MY crime was better planned than THIS dude’s.”

  60. He may be charged with “obstruction” for now, but those charges could easily be bumped up after the police finish their investigation. If there is further evidence pointing towards Hernandez, he could easily be charged with murder…even if he didn’t pull the trigger, he may have been an accessory to the crime or aided and abetted those who did. Either way, this young man is in a world of hurt right now and his promising NFL career may be over!

  61. Ray was found guilty of obstruction, not murder…but the courts are always 100% right. Oh wait they make mistakes just like the rest of us, also Ray made a deal for the obstruction charge, so he must’ve been telling the truth that he had no hand in it. Oh wait people lie on the stand all the time. Only guilty would think to trash evidence, the innocent know stuff like a white suit or cameras would help me if I didn’t do anything. As far as life time ban for Aaron, not going to happen, ray continued his career and if he stays out of jail and finds a team that will take a chance on him do will Aaron. I do agree the Aaron(if stays out of jail)should be suspended. History of behavior, Big Ben got suspended and no charges ever brought on him.

  62. Man people are salty at Ray Lewis. Ray didn’t kill anybody, he did however ride in a limo from a crime scene with the person who stabbed and killed someone, who was later exonerated of the charges due to self defense. If they find out hernandez didn’t but went thru all that trouble covering it up I assume he’ll do plenty of time. Keeping your mouth shut is one thing but actively destroying evidence directly tied to a homicide is a little passed obstruction

  63. @ skinsrock….really? this is by far the most absurd statement I have heard in a long time….you must have a TON of Hernandez love to be sticking up for this fool.

  64. GOOD NEWS:

    If this is all it is, you can still recover from an obstruction of justice charge and develop into an NFL icon when you start winning important games again.

    Isn’t that right Ray?

  65. I love how the Patriots are getting burned by all their “genius” football moves. Sucks Hearnadez helped kill a guy, but Kraft and Bill narcissist. They refuse to sign a legitimate receiver, then let Welker walk for Amendola? Trade a bunch of good players in the past to build for the future. Hey Bill, you got Tom Brady! Maybe you should keep a few veterans and win Now!

  66. Hernandez has now tied the all-time NFL record for murder and/or participation in a murder with Ray Lewis andRae Carruth.

    A guy’s gotta have goals.

  67. skinsrock says: Jun 21, 2013 7:20 AM

    So destroying your own property is obstruction of justice? This is another great reach by government.

    ————–

    Are you kidding me? If you buy a gun and kill 3 people with it, then destroy it when investigators try to figure out who committed the murder…then YES that’s obstruction of justice.

    Are you honestly saying that people should be able to commit crimes and as long as they destroy evidence that they personally own, that’s ok? I don’t care how liberatarian you are, that’s NOT what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they talked about freedom.

  68. The guy is playing the system. All things point to him but with zero hard evidence against him its going to be hard to convict him unless something comes up. Innocent until proven guilty.

  69. So show us the tapes from outside the Murrah building and Pentagon or charge the people that took them with obstruction.

    If doing what Hernandez did is so bad, get the bad men covering up 2 very crimes.

  70. neelybourque778 says: Jun 21, 2013 8:10 AM

    Lifelong Pats fan here…….take him away. Hope he never puts on a Pats jersey again.
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    why? he’s good at football. guys that break their video equipment really upset you?

  71. Obstruction of Justice is when you knowingly hinder the investigation of law enforcement. Obviously he is by not being forth coming with information and facts. By destroying your own home surveillance equipment and cell phones.. Not providing details on the rental vehicle… Yes i would say thats obstruction.. no “reach” by the gov’t… The dudes either a scum bag or he still hangs with scum bags and now he can kiss his career goodbye because he would rather lose his millions and career then “snitch” on his friends… Hope he time in Jail will teach him how stupid he is!

  72. You know…everyone has been saying jokingly to bump Tebow in fantasy leagues at TE, but in all seriousness Jake Ballard is an excellent sleeper pick at this point. Don’t forget he’s a legit starting caliber TE and with Brady throwing it to him, he could really put up numbers this year…

  73. To the Pats fan who said you never heard about his past behavior aside from the weed: That’s how it was in Seattle with Jerramy Stevens. Dude was basically a rapist, but all we heard about were his being charged with DUI.

    And I know anti-government fervor is at an all-time high, but are there really some people out there who believe that destroying evidence in a murder case is perfectly OK? 79 people do believe that, apparently. Sheesh.

  74. As a Pats fan, I’m all for him getting sentenced to a long prison term. Even if he didn’t kill the guy, it looks very much like he tried to cover it up, and that’s just as bad IMO.

    I hope Bill cuts him. The Pats might need a receiver, but they don’t need this distraction, and they definitely don’t need a murderer on the team.

    Also, it amazes me how many Pats fans are inventing excuses for this loser. Even if he’s “innocent,” he still sounds like an egomaniacal nutcase.

    If you can’t excuse what Ray Lewis did, you can’t excuse what Hernandez did. At this point, the situations look eerily similar.

  75. Any Prosecutor’s office will only first charge you with a something they believe they know they can prove like Obstruction of Justice, like they are doing here with soon to be former Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez, where a murder was committed and when it is found that evidence was obviously destroyed….then when the Prosecutor’s office believes they have enough evidence to prove more serious charges like 1st or 2nd degree murder then they will file charges. When Hernandez and the other men he was with admit to being at the crime scene and detectives work on which of the men is willing to cop a plea deal to roll on the other men involved you will see whether there will be convictions. It could depend on how well Aaron Hernandez destroyed evidence to how serious the charges are that are brought against him and the other men that were with him. I also imagine any defense attorney will try to get Hernandez’s past arrest record and any lawsuit against him to be not admissible in court and that it can not be brought up in any trial. The detectives could be waiting to see if Hernandez’s intent can be proven or not on whether to be able to prove more serious charges of 1st degree or 2nd degree murder charges are filed. 1st degree murder = planned or 2nd degree = an act in the heat of emotion. Signed —Titans Fan Dan who has a B.A. In Criminal Law / Criminal Justice. P.S. my father in law lives in Bristol, CT and knew Aaron Hernandez when he was a child growing up 5 houses down on the block he lived on.

  76. tjacks7 ,

    I think you missed the boat-he’ll be charged with obstruction of justice under Massachusetts State law–so the federal sentencing guidelines are inapplicable.

  77. ***Bill Belicheck enters press conference with smile on his face***

    “Who wants to talk about Tebow???”

  78. scoobies05 says:
    Jun 21, 2013 8:01 AM
    for all of you who are or will be bringing up ray lewis, please remember that the men that died attacked ray and his friends and the courts ruled that ray’s friends were not guilty because they were defending themselves. those are facts that are available in public record. as far as hernandez goes, the man is entitled to his day in court. lets see it play out before we rush to judgement. it doesnt look good but he still gets his day in court
    ————————-
    I appreciate that you’re trying to be a voice of reason in support of a rival team’s player, and yes the Ray Lewis/OJ/Carruth/Tebow jokes are all very repetitive and tired, but you should grow a thicker skin when it comes to folks making fun of Ray. I doubt he would defend your honor on the internet if the roles were reversed.

  79. therealtrenches says:
    Jun 21, 2013 8:10 AM
    @skinsrock you have been poisoned by Rand Paul, Michelle Bachmann and TeaParty thinking in general.

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    It gets really silly sometime. There is a big difference between thinking our government overreaches its power and a murder investigation. When did Paul, Bachmann or the Tea Party ever say obstructing justice and destroying evidence is ok in a murder case. I’ll tell you when. Never!!!!!!!!!!

  80. well I personally don’t think he’s innocent. Wouldn’t it be something if it came out that the reason why he’s keeping his mouth shut destroying cell phones,video equipment and whatever, was because they threatened do the same thing to him. now we’ll probably never really know if that happened because that will most likely be his lawyers defence anyway.

  81. He will be dropped ASAP! The Pats cannot risk having am Alleged Killer on the team! Think about the liability! What’s to say Hernandez doesn’t get upset with a DB in practice that interfered with him catching a pass In training camp?? The OC, says at the team facility,”I thought it was thunder, I had no idea it was raining .44 mag shells”.
    This dude is Cooked!

  82. metitometin says: Jun 21, 2013 8:50 AM

    Well, it’s not as bad as dogfighting. He was trying to protect his lifelong buddies. Perfectly understandable mistake. I doubt he would ever get prison time for this. Put him in uniform for week 2 against the hated Jets.

    We’ve seen much worse in the NFL, from Michael Vick to Travis Henry to PacMan Jones, Dez Bryant, Ben Roethisburger, Rae Carruth. The list goes on and on and on. Anyone who thinks the Pats are much worse than any other team in this regard is kidding themselves. It’s harder than you think to turn your lifelong friends in to the cops. He’ll learn from this and move on.

    wait, what? When did Dez Bryant and Travis Henry kill someone? And, while I hate dog fighting, murdering someone is worse than dog fighting. wtf.

  83. @tjacks7, while I agree with your post in principle, this is not a federal case. It is a case that will be handled by the State of Massachusetts.
    @talkingproud, same thing: While I agree with virtually all of your post, just being present for a murder does not make you an accomplice. He may have been an accessory during the crime, or may be charged with being an accessory after-the-fact, but just being there is not a crime unless you had a direct hand in it.
    For those questing the cops, and/or any preferential treatment, the cops are just being through and methodical with regards to charging him. They need to make sure they can prove whatever they charge him with, and right now, it is still unclear exactly how it went down, so how can then charge him yet?
    I think this guy is definitely guilty of something, and I strongly suspect his NFL career of over.

  84. As a lifelong Pats fan back to the mid-70’s What we have heard so far is enough to suspend him for at least a year, regardless of (and on top of) any incarceration that comes from the charges he faces.

    Someone is shot to death and this guy attempts to destroy his cell phone and the hard drive on his security system. Even if he himself did not pull the trigger there is no way he is not knee deep in this. Hopefully the police can recover his phone records from the cell carrier and recovery the hard drive contents of the security system. DA’s office needs to bring the hammer down hard on this guy.

  85. geo113 asks me:

    “When did Paul, Bachmann or the Tea Party ever say obstructing justice and destroying evidence is ok in a murder case?”

    They didn’t. But their followers, like our pal skinsrock, are so drunk on the notion that “big government” is invading our lives, that they can’t distinguish obstruction of justice from *real* instances of overreaching government.

  86. His associates became concerned when they noticed that after Odin was dead, Hernadez (oddly dressed up in a cheap blonde wig and a ‘Phyllis Diller” style dress) had danced around and ‘done things’ with the corpse…..

  87. In other news, Herndo pushed a kid over his crouched down friend when he was in fifth grade.

    Don’t get me wrong, Herndo is shaping up to be a real piece of work… but do we really need to have a story about every mishap this dude has had in his life?

  88. Scoobies, being accused of rape is not the same of actually being charged with rape. I can go around saying everyone on the ravens raped me, doesn’t make it true. Plax is a felon yea, but it wasn’t because he killed someone or tried to cover up murders, he was dumb and shot himself in the leg on a gun with an expired permit. Steelers have a decent history with cutting or trading players with legal problems, Holmes and Rainy are 2 that spring to mind

  89. Obstruction is what Ray Lewis got. Somehow, I believe Hernandez was more involved than Lewis (bystander). Getting off with a relative slap on the wrist. His career should be over.

  90. Not questioning his guilt or innocence. How is breaking your own property destroying evidence? Unless he was not allowed in his home, isn’t it still his property. Any Lawyers tell me if im wrong here?

  91. By destroying his phone and security cameras he was possibly destroying evidence if a crime was done at the house, or if he is even dumber then we think and used his phone to tape the crime. Texts and voicemail should still be able to be recovered with a warrant from the mobile carrier.

  92. Seeing that many Raven fans and the national media embraced Ray Lewis I see why many players don’t take the justice system seriously.

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