Police didn’t return to the North Attleboro, Massachusetts home of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Sunday. But the media was still outside, and neighbors were showing up, basically to gawk at it all.
According to the Boston Globe, more than 35 members of the media remain staked out at Hernandez’s home. The player hasn’t left the house since returning from a meeting with his lawyer on Friday. Two women departed in the late morning, returning in the middle of the afternoon. Another woman arrived roughly 45 minutes later, and all three left at 5:20 p.m. — taking with them a dog.
On Saturday, Charlie Stagg from nearby Attleboro rode his bike to the Hernandez home, where he spoke to the Boston Herald.
“Let me ask you something,” Stagg told the Herald. “If you had nothing to hide, wouldn’t you be standing out there on that lawn, screaming ‘I’m innocent! I’m innocent!’ I know I would be.”
Hernandez’s behavior has suggested anything but innocence, based on multiple published reports regarding a destroyed cell phone, a destroyed surveillance system, the hiring of a cleaning crew to “scrub” his house, and a lack of cooperation with the police. While in a court of criminal law he’s entitled to a presumption of innocence, Hernandez isn’t faring too well in the court of public opinion.