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Hernandez jailhouse letter sold for $18,000

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The letter in which former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez professes his innocence resulted in a five-figure payday for the memorabilia store that sold it to TMZ.

According to the Boston Herald, the gossip site paid $18,000 for the letter to Sportsworld, Inc.

Store manager Brendan Brennan said that the handwriting was verified as Hernandnez’s.  Though it’s unclear how Sportsworld, Inc. obtained the letter that was sent to an ex-con named “Karl,” Brennan felt no obligation to comply with Hernandez’s request that the contents not be publicized.

“It wasn’t written to us, so we didn’t have to honor anything from that letter,” Brennan said.

The episode makes us wonder whether the letter to Hernandez that sparked the response was legitimate, or whether it was the equivalent of throwing a baited hook into Hernandez’s cell.

Either way, chances are Hernandez will be getting more letters from strangers.  And chances are he won’t be responding to them.

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27 Responses to “Hernandez jailhouse letter sold for $18,000”
  1. apkyletexas says: Aug 3, 2013 2:56 PM

    This is why we’ve been telling you for years to stay away from the TMZ and Deadspin stories. Paying for questionable letters and photos and text and voicemails in order to stir up controversy is just the height of yellow journalism. It only makes your blog look worse to link to their hatchet job reports.

    Besides – there’s already plenty of Aaron Hernandez and Brett Favre stories without all that trash. Why go there?

  2. conseannery says: Aug 3, 2013 2:56 PM

    Just think how much Jon Voight’s LeBaron will fetch

  3. dbatrox21 says: Aug 3, 2013 2:56 PM

    Ex-con named “Karl”….wonder if he traded biscuits and mustard for that letter?

  4. Stiller43 says: Aug 3, 2013 2:58 PM

    “Either way, chances are Hernandez will be getting more letters from strangers. And chances are he won’t be responding to them.”

    This is if you believe AH really didnt want it to be shared publicly. I know he’s dumb, but do you really think that whoever he was sending that too wouldnt share it?

    He knew it would be let out, and what he wrote in there is the ONLY thing that has made him look good in the recent past.

    And it makes him look even better because he “didnt want it to be shared.”

    Kinda like getting your picture taken while youre signing a big “anonymous” check to charity.

  5. hitwithafade says: Aug 3, 2013 2:59 PM

    $18,000 … ha ha ha –at least TMZ got to lead with something other than what the Middle aged skank Madonna had to say that day

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 3, 2013 2:59 PM

    All this helps Hernandez. He will be tried by a jury. He doesn’t look guilty or act guilty. Whether he IS guilty or not is beside the point.

  7. marvsleezy says: Aug 3, 2013 3:00 PM

    I believe his lawyers drafted it and had him put it in his own handwriting. There are no accidents with these high priced lawyers, and he does have access to them in prison.

    On a side note, espn reported that they obtained the letter as well as “other sources”- they then went on to show a pic of the letter with Tmz stamped all over it. Admit it espn, credit tmz straight up and don’t be shady

  8. 12444uggg says: Aug 3, 2013 3:02 PM

    Hernandez won’t find out anytime soon.

  9. michael228 says: Aug 3, 2013 3:04 PM

    Hot Karl?

  10. surfinbird1 says: Aug 3, 2013 3:04 PM

    Clever. How much of the $18k will get back to Hernandez to buy snickers and bubble gum in the slammer.

  11. theoriginalbvan says: Aug 3, 2013 3:14 PM

    “I’m a lawyer!”

  12. tackleberries says: Aug 3, 2013 3:15 PM

    “Ex-con named “Karl”….wonder if he traded biscuits and mustard for that letter?”

    And some French fried potaters mmmm hmmmmm.

  13. BigBeachBall says: Aug 3, 2013 3:18 PM

    the patriots way…

  14. tindeaux says: Aug 3, 2013 3:41 PM

    Hernandez can stay in jail and write 5 letters a day. That’s plenty of money right there. He can make banks from jail. .. haha except he’ll never gets out.

  15. buffalobills716 says: Aug 3, 2013 3:42 PM

    The Patriots way

  16. fancyleague says: Aug 3, 2013 4:09 PM

    What the heck does this article have to do with Riley Cooper?

  17. wegot6doyou says: Aug 3, 2013 4:10 PM

    So eh, how many rings has that great coach won since the scandal? Ohhh thats right….

  18. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 3, 2013 4:12 PM

    $18,000? Was it really worth it?

  19. johndont says: Aug 3, 2013 4:27 PM

    Damn, I’m famous and I can only get $37.00 for my autograph and photo. — Can you get me Hern’s address cause I have an envelope and stamp ready to go. Thank you.

  20. swagger52 says: Aug 3, 2013 4:30 PM

    Karl = Walt Coleman

  21. jrcoop says: Aug 3, 2013 4:37 PM

    How long before a vial of his sweat, or a lock of hair, ends up for sale on E bay.

  22. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 3, 2013 4:53 PM

    “My Dear Fellow Clergymen,

    While confined here in Birmingham Jail…….”.

  23. tigersfandan says: Aug 3, 2013 5:36 PM

    “It wasn’t written to us, so we didn’t have to honor anything from that letter,” Brennan said.

    I can see ethics are a high priority for this gentleman.

  24. tremoluxman says: Aug 3, 2013 5:44 PM

    Don’t know who is lower, the people who sell this junk or the people who buy it. Bottom-feeders.

  25. j0esixpack says: Aug 3, 2013 7:46 PM

    Suddenly this former, perhaps current gang member who is so fond of Glocks and tattoos “finds God” mentioning him about 30 times in a paragraph.

    That cinches it. He’s guilty.

  26. fnc111 says: Aug 3, 2013 8:12 PM

    His people gonna off these people now

  27. kpettas123 says: Aug 5, 2013 12:55 PM

    theoriginalbvan says: Aug 3, 2013 3:14 PM

    “I’m a lawyer!”


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