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Hernandez professes innocence in jailhouse letter

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Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez already is behaving like everyone else in jail:  He’s claiming he didn’t do it.

In a letter written by Hernandez and sent to a fan who is corresponding with the fallen NFL star, Hernandez says he is “NOT GUILTY.”  (Not to be confused with “absolutely, 100 percent not guilty.”)

The letter, obtained by TMZ and verified as legitimate, was sent to a fan named “Karl” who wrote Hernandez first.

Here’s the full text of the response from Hernandez:

“Your letter meant alot and was very true!  I know everything happens for a reason and I know ‘God’ has a plan for me and something good will come out of this.  The world just makes things out of false accusations and it will all die down especially when they say NOT GUILTY and all the people who turned on me will feel like crap.  I’ve always been a great person an[d] known for having an amazing heart!  I am a strong person and nothing will break me!  A C.O. [correctional officer] will never nor can they say now for one day have I been down or not with a smile on my face.  I know there is a reason I’m going thru this and I will figure it out through my relationship with the Lord.  I fell off especially after making all that money but when its all said and done ‘God’ put me in the situation for a reason.  I’m humbled by this ALREADY and this will change me forever.  At least I’ll know my true supporters.  Thanks for being one of them!”

Hernandez then signs his name, with an 81, and adds: “Can’t wait to sign this again when I’m playing again an[d] prove all the haters and down talkers WRONG.”

At the bottom, Hernandez writes, “Keep this off social media PLEASE!”

In fairness to Karl, giving (selling?) the letter to TMZ doesn’t constitute putting the letter on social media.

The letter from Hernandez doesn’t contain any new revelations, nor does it attempt to provide an alternative explanation as to how a guy who was with Hernandez in the final minutes of his life ended up dead less than a mile from Hernandez’s house, if Hernandez if, as he puts it, “NOT GUILTY.”

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114 Responses to “Hernandez professes innocence in jailhouse letter”
  1. iced107 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:00 PM

    sounds like love in the making

    just hope he doesn’t have a high life insurance policy

  2. edelmanfanclub says: Aug 1, 2013 9:01 PM

    I really don’t know what to say here.

  3. bucrightoff says: Aug 1, 2013 9:01 PM

    I guess Karl didn’t exchange his Hernandez jersey.

  4. mattbarkley123 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:02 PM

    he is not guilty. #fact

  5. simontemplar80 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:02 PM

    Karl is gonna be sleeping with the fishes real soon.

  6. slugbaitspace says: Aug 1, 2013 9:03 PM

    Yeah, after years of Twitter and Facebook, most people forget that things like tabloids and the Associated Press are still around…

  7. iced107 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:03 PM

    When asked how hernandez felt about Riley Cooper’s racial slur:

    “I’d kill ‘em.”

  8. phelbin says: Aug 1, 2013 9:04 PM

    Let’s remember that “not guilty” is not the same thing as innocent. OJ Simpson was declared “not guilty” but he certainly wasn’t innocent. So unless they find something in the bottom of that lake they’ve been searching the last few days, they have a strong but very circumstantial case against Hernandez. I’d say it could go either way.

  9. fryeways says: Aug 1, 2013 9:04 PM

    “Prayer… the last refuge of a scoundrel.” – Lisa Simpson

  10. DonkeyStick says: Aug 1, 2013 9:04 PM

    At the bottom, Hernandez writes, “Keep this off social media PLEASE!” Translation “give this to every media you can think of.”

  11. arkraider says: Aug 1, 2013 9:05 PM

    Yes a person with an “amazing heart” shoots their friends in the face……

  12. i, flounder says: Aug 1, 2013 9:06 PM

    well that changes everything. i think we all owe hernandez and the pounceys an apology.

  13. prosourcetalk says: Aug 1, 2013 9:06 PM

    Unreal

  14. george1859 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:07 PM

    Nothing says “guilty” more than a calm and patient person in jail.

  15. gcbean says: Aug 1, 2013 9:08 PM

    This dude is a creep.

  16. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 1, 2013 9:08 PM

    You can’t make this stuff up, LOL!

  17. gooch80 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:12 PM

    Oh, hey, did you guys hear that? He said he didn’t do it. Let him go. Oh wait……..

  18. jw36969 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:12 PM

    LOL!

  19. thegonz13 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:14 PM

    Oh, bringing God into this, are we?

    Does “Thou shalt not kill” ring a bell or even a faint chime?

  20. pamiho32332013 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:14 PM

    Every man in Shawshank is innocent.

  21. GBwomenrhot says: Aug 1, 2013 9:16 PM

    This is really interesting…I’m drunk!!

  22. pamiho32332013 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:16 PM

    But did he say the N word?

  23. brettfavresmidget says: Aug 1, 2013 9:17 PM

    2 things:

    Aaron, when you gonna learn you can’t trust anyone? Maybe this is what the lord wants you to learn from this.

    Karl, you might want to get your affairs in order…just in case.

  24. commonsensedude says: Aug 1, 2013 9:17 PM

    In Hernandez’s defense, there were two other guys in that car that he definitely didn’t kill.

  25. tooz72 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:17 PM

    yeah, and my Raiders are going to win the SB this year

  26. paulsmith107 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:18 PM

    Free Hernandez!!!!!!! It’ll all work itself out just ask OJ and Robert Blake

  27. jaxhotspur11 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:18 PM

    What Hernandez needs is bloody glove.

  28. lennydpocketqb says: Aug 1, 2013 9:20 PM

    TMZ should give newspapers a few tips on media in the modern day. They might save the medium.

  29. SAV says: Aug 1, 2013 9:20 PM

    Without a murder weapon, gonna be hard to convict Hernandez. The motive is something they are working on, to do that they are doing what they can to find out more info on the older murder case. If they can’t, then they won’t necessarily have motive either.

    They spent the week trying to find the weapon, tells you how critical it is for the case.

    If they can’t tie him solidly to the second murder and can’t find a weapon they need to cut bait on a murder charge and seek obstruction of justice.

    They won’t do that, they will charge him with murder and he will be acquitted and again another piece of trizzle will get off scott free…always makes for great tv.

    So find the weapon detective or else Aaron Hernandez will be a Raider in 2014.

  30. buffalo75vette says: Aug 1, 2013 9:21 PM

    Just a jail house form letter..

  31. doggeatdogg says: Aug 1, 2013 9:21 PM

    At the bottom, Hernandez writes, “Keep this off social media PLEASE!”

    Really Aaron? We already know everybody in prison is innocent. Nice try though. Hopefully his attorneys will put the kabbash on the letter writing stunts.

  32. ecupatsfan12 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:21 PM

    “I didn’t commit those murders that night, but if I did it, heres how I would have done it”- Aaron Hernandez in 2030

  33. sketchydave says: Aug 1, 2013 9:21 PM

    Karl’s a scumbag too. Your word is good Karl. Code of the street.

  34. lgbarn says: Aug 1, 2013 9:22 PM

    “Aaron, I’m going to get one of my clients buddies to write you a letter. You can respond claiming you are innocent then, I’ll have him leak it to TMZ/PFT”
    – AH Lawyer

  35. Stiller43 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:22 PM

    “A C.O. [correctional officer] will never nor can they say now for one day have I been down or not with a smile on my face.”

    All that proves is that he’s a sociopath…

  36. sh3nyg says: Aug 1, 2013 9:23 PM

    He didn’t say he was innocent; he says, “when they say NOT GUILTY”.

    Huge difference.

  37. galatians62 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:24 PM

    OJ NOT GUILTY, Casey Anthony NOT GUILTY, George Zimmerman NOT GUILTY…the American criminal justice system is broken and greatly favors the wealthy. Aaron Hernandez is going to walk.

  38. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 1, 2013 9:24 PM

    LOL!

  39. bleedburgandyandgold says: Aug 1, 2013 9:25 PM

    Did he really think the guy wouldn’t turn around and try and make a buck off that letter money motivates the world he should know that by now

  40. raiderapologist says: Aug 1, 2013 9:25 PM

    Wow. It sounds like Florio the lawyer is playing the guilty until proven innocent card. Very bold.

  41. adkfootballfan says: Aug 1, 2013 9:25 PM

    We’ll, the good news for Rodger and the NFL is that Hernandez wasn’t at the Kenny Chesney concert…

  42. drsimester says: Aug 1, 2013 9:25 PM

    That’s a really weird letter

  43. db3300 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:26 PM

    Putting quotes around ‘God’ isn’t really helping your case for ‘innocence’.

  44. swaggyy says: Aug 1, 2013 9:26 PM

    God has a plan alright. That plan is to lock you up for life and keep you from killing innocent people ya shmuck

  45. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 1, 2013 9:26 PM

    “I’ve always been a great person an[d] known for having an amazing heart! I am a strong person and nothing will break me!”

    Trying to convince yourself, ay?

  46. creasy says: Aug 1, 2013 9:26 PM

    Ask him if god had a plan for Odin Lloyd?

  47. afcdomination says: Aug 1, 2013 9:26 PM

    well, it pretty much is giving it to social media. I mean…cmon. evidently his mother never told him to avoid writing something down unless you are OK with it being read by anyone and everyone.

  48. gbfanforever says: Aug 1, 2013 9:27 PM

    It’s hard to find a murderer who doesn’t profess innocence.

  49. eglsfan says: Aug 1, 2013 9:28 PM

    …3,2,1……..Riley Cooper was his teammate …..PFT retards post away

  50. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 1, 2013 9:29 PM

    Here we go Steelers, here we go!

  51. chargerdillon says: Aug 1, 2013 9:33 PM

    This letter reminds me of that murderer Ray Lewis

  52. dlk47823 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:34 PM

    So, if he is deemed innocent by a jury, Do the Pats bring him back? What about the Jersey’s???

  53. johndont says: Aug 1, 2013 9:34 PM

    Hern, your right something good will come out of this. You won’t have to pay taxes anymore.

    And don’t worry, Hern we will keep this off social media. Just pass me the tv remote control.

  54. BigBeachBall says: Aug 1, 2013 9:34 PM

    The patriot way…

  55. harrycanyon says: Aug 1, 2013 9:35 PM

    What kinda of scum bag starts a pen pal relationship with an accused killer in jail. The only thing worse are those stupid woman who fall in love with prisoners.

  56. blacknole08 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:45 PM

    I fell off especially after making all that money but when its all said and done ‘God’ put me in the situation for a reason

    ——————————————————–

    Sounds like he’s confessing somewhat here.

  57. silentcount says: Aug 1, 2013 9:49 PM

    There’s video proof Hernandez was at the scene of the crime. Could he please be a man and tell us what caused Lloyd to die? Does he really think he’s going to get OJ’s jury?

  58. clayme52 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:49 PM

    Was it written in crayon?

  59. datageek94 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:52 PM

    At the very least, according to the known circumstances, AH is guilty of at least being an accomplice to murder. And since he was driving, he rented the car (so he wouldn’t risk getting blood in his own car?), he called friends (accomplices) in from out of town, even if he didn’t pull the trigger he’s still guilty of murder. Will he be convicted? I lost all faith in the ‘justice’ system when I saw the jury selection and subsequent outcome for OJ.

  60. len462 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:57 PM

    Although he does use the phrase “false accusations”, which is pretty broad as far as to which ones are false. I find it interesting that he says they will say “NOT GUILTY”. He doesn’t really say “I’m not guilty!” Or am I just splitting hairs?

  61. poridge1214 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:59 PM

    How was it verified? I still call b/s, not a real letter from Hernandez.

  62. beerbudsnbevo says: Aug 1, 2013 10:00 PM

    Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction

  63. richndc says: Aug 1, 2013 10:00 PM

    I will bet when Hernandez hears about this, he won’t have a big smile on his face. DOH!!! Now, was this guy’s name Karl or “hot Karl”…I’ll be here all night folks! Make sure you try the veal!!! hot Karl, that is hilarious!!!

  64. MichaelWrites says: Aug 1, 2013 10:01 PM

    Shout out to Aaron Hernandez. I write fiction too.

  65. DonkeyStick says: Aug 1, 2013 10:01 PM

    galatians62 says:
    Aug 1, 2013 9:24 PM
    OJ NOT GUILTY, Casey Anthony NOT GUILTY, George Zimmerman NOT GUILTY…the American criminal justice system is broken and greatly favors the wealthy. Aaron Hernandez is going to walk.

    Casey Anthony lived at home with her parents in a one story house….George Zimmerman is BROKE…..how did the justice system help the wealthy?

  66. abninf says: Aug 1, 2013 10:04 PM

    He made his prison conversion to Christianity real quick.

  67. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:08 PM

    Ah the old god made this happen angle.

    You own actions had nothing to do with the whole murder thing. Its all obvious now that he puts it into that perspective.

  68. puckfitt says: Aug 1, 2013 10:10 PM

    You guys don’t actually think this letter is real do you?

  69. rcali says: Aug 1, 2013 10:10 PM

    I knew it!!!!!

  70. richndc says: Aug 1, 2013 10:12 PM

    just LOVE that richndc guy, his comments are the best!!!

  71. stevent92 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:14 PM

    Well, by golly, he must be innocent then. Never thought to ask him if he did it or not….

  72. citiciti says: Aug 1, 2013 10:16 PM

    Were the hell is Sharpton on this one.It’s got to be that Cooper fella’s fault.

  73. greymares says: Aug 1, 2013 10:21 PM

    What does this have to do with Riley Cooper ?

  74. spankygreen says: Aug 1, 2013 10:24 PM

    hey, stop bringing OJ into this. This is twix the white folk and 1 hispanic, Mexican or whoever…..

    Well, it’s also about the one brother ole good hearted Aaron shot…….

  75. maiphatdong says: Aug 1, 2013 10:27 PM

    Obvious ploy to make Hernandez look a little better, and does this even take away the fact that he shot somebodys eye out?

  76. vertskate900 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:35 PM

    Are you sure that was Hernandez who wrote that? I mean, I imagine it would look something more like this if he wrote it:

    “I am in a cent. Sinseerly, Arun”

    And written in crayon, of course.

  77. finfan87 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:36 PM

    Hernandez should have ended it with “If this ends up on social media I’ll kill you.”

    …too soon?

  78. tfbuckfutter says: Aug 1, 2013 10:36 PM

    They should have turned the letter over. On the back it reads:

    P.S. Yo, you think you could do me a solid? You got scuba gear?

  79. carpi2 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:40 PM

    There you have it, Hernandez says he’s not guilty. I guess we can all go home. Nothing to see here.

  80. drgreenstreak says: Aug 1, 2013 10:45 PM

    Hernandez has the attitude and mentality of a 15-yr-old. He has no strategy and simply expects his high-priced attorneys will get him off.

    If the grand jury indicts, with or without the murder weapon then Hernandez is toast.
    Juries use circumstantial evidence every day in this country to conclude a verdict of guilty.

  81. Corey Jeppesen says: Aug 1, 2013 10:49 PM

    Regardless of innocence, this Karl kid is a punk.

  82. fumblenuts says: Aug 1, 2013 11:01 PM

    Rumor has it he was on his way to church when he shot that other dude in the face……………..

  83. thedcunit says: Aug 1, 2013 11:04 PM

    “And don’t tell them that … I didn’t do it”

  84. tedmurph says: Aug 1, 2013 11:06 PM

    OJ Simson, ‘I Want to tell you”

  85. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 1, 2013 11:07 PM

    So if he’s Not Guilty, will he get his sidewalk stone back?

  86. j0esixpack says: Aug 1, 2013 11:09 PM

    Darn, I was hoping for a full confession.

    But to me, the fact that this a-hole apparently has suddenly “found God” strikes me as the next best thing.

    Just a spot of bad luck for Hernandez that the one guy who could clear him just happened to commit suicide, execution-style in the back of his head no less.

  87. 59phin says: Aug 1, 2013 11:21 PM

    Sounds like the typical writings of a Sociopath .. He knowingly sets this letter up to proclaim being “not guilty” and following God’s plan … so that it will in fact be released to the “social media”. No doubt this is litigation talk foreseeing that a “not guilty” verdict is a possible outcome despite what the court of public opinion believes. He wisely avoids saying he is innocent. Knowing the difference between innocent and “not guilty” in the court of law. I already foresee a civil law suit via Odin Lloyd’s parents following the eventual outcome of the trial and verdict if found “not guilty”.

  88. doe22us says: Aug 1, 2013 11:27 PM

    Why did Eminem’s song STAN come to my head while reading this article lol?

  89. thefiesty1 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:27 PM

    Guilty as sin!

  90. vincentbojackson says: Aug 1, 2013 11:52 PM

    I’m convinced. Let him out.

  91. orivar says: Aug 1, 2013 11:53 PM

    “I fell off especially after making all that money” At least he admits it.

    “It’s hard to find a murderer who doesn’t profess innocence.”

    Actually not really, you’re kind of wrong there. Most people in jail for murder pretty much own up to it.

  92. sc49ers says: Aug 2, 2013 12:09 AM

    Ya when in jail you will always look for the man above to forgive when you are in the real world people him do not ask for giveness..got to much time on his hands…..not for given….SORRY..you did wrong. You got to pay for it….

  93. Instadebit Sportsbooks Canada says: Aug 2, 2013 12:14 AM

    Man is he really gonna try and make a trial out of this situation? That stain on the Patriots is gonna grow larger.

  94. rrjr80 says: Aug 2, 2013 12:15 AM

    So he signed his name with a number 81. Sorry, how is that relevant? Is that his inmate identification number?

  95. pauliewalnuts90 says: Aug 2, 2013 12:16 AM

    Karl seems to be scum too.

  96. nflpoker says: Aug 2, 2013 12:41 AM

    Does’t Hernandez know that everyone in jail is innocent?

  97. lostsok says: Aug 2, 2013 12:52 AM

    Well, that clears that. Should we all send Aaron one apology letter, or should we each send one? I’m never sure..

  98. blueberrymuffin11 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:06 AM

    Why does he put the word God in quotes? If someone were speaking and put air quotes around that word, you’d think he meant anyone BUT God. And all those exclamation points! Immature!

  99. ambitoos says: Aug 2, 2013 1:25 AM

    Right now he is saying, denial is the best offense.

  100. nflmadnness says: Aug 2, 2013 2:15 AM

    maybe there is a conspiracie … you don’t know . Their are innocent people in prison…”‘:-)

  101. sensai740 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:47 AM

    I knew he was innocent. Now we have unflappable proof.

  102. busterhighmann says: Aug 2, 2013 4:18 AM

    Well that settles it and saves a lot of taxpayer money.
    SMH

  103. joedskins1959 says: Aug 2, 2013 4:23 AM

    Dear God, please wake me up from this soap opera crap so I can watch football.

  104. dumbhobby says: Aug 2, 2013 7:11 AM

    By way of insanity maybe.

  105. toonloonboon says: Aug 2, 2013 7:53 AM

    well im convinced…let him go

  106. toonloonboon says: Aug 2, 2013 7:55 AM

    wasnt karl the name of the mentally impaired guy in sling blade

  107. nflofficeadmin says: Aug 2, 2013 7:56 AM

    Karl, it’s called betrayal. And you’re living it. …what a nice guy.

  108. bigdaddy44 says: Aug 2, 2013 7:58 AM

    P.S. When I get off, I am looking forward to looking for the real killer with O.J. and Ray Lewis on the golf course. That’s God’s plan, you know.

  109. francheyes says: Aug 2, 2013 8:04 AM

    It wasn’t me, it was the one arm man!

  110. galatians62 says: Aug 2, 2013 11:52 AM

    @DonkeyStick (I feel dirty just typing that). My comment was poorly written. I didn’t mean to imply that Cassey Anthony or George Zimmerman were rich (Although those sympathetic to murderers donated 100′s of thousands of dollars to Zimmerman).

    I should have said that its a fact that murderers get acquitted by juries. The fact that Hernandez is filthy rich will only help him because our legal system favors the wealthy. If I were a betting man, I’d bet there will be an acquittal.

  111. cospgsmadman says: Aug 2, 2013 11:59 AM

    He didn’t say he was innocent. He said they would say NOT GUILTY. What a dork.

  112. tedmurph says: Aug 2, 2013 8:32 PM

    On the surface, it seems like he’s just another sociopath, like O.J. in total denial. Word is, it was a bag job, wrote the letter to a friend, who sold it to you know who(website) for 18K. Guess who’s getting that money.

  113. zosofan311 says: Aug 3, 2013 12:06 AM

    Does speculation matter? I’m a Packer fan and you are innocent until proven guilty. Until the media gets you.

  114. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Aug 3, 2013 12:27 AM

    The Patriot Weight

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