It’s been a day since the latest now-I’ve-seen-everything story emerged in the NFL, and there’s still not much clarity regarding the investigation involving the death of an “associate” of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
But as Tom Curran of CSN New England explained on Wednesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, the process could still lead to an unfavorable outcome for Hernandez.
“[T]here’s so much to plow through and I think right now we’re at the table-setting stage,” Curran said. “There’s a sense that law enforcement is getting all its ducks in a row and then they’ll spill them on the table to put a case together.”
The Patriots remain tight lipped, both publicly and privately.
“Not a word,” Curran said regarding the team. “This is a period of time that the NFL kind of shuts down. I’m not sure even if [coach] Bill Belichick is in the country right now. I know he had a European vacation planned; he may be out of the country. Given the circumstances and the way this could conceivably go, because it’s not pretty, he might be in a situation where he might have to come back. I think that this is a serious situation that bears a lot of close watching over the next couple of days.”
The process, as Curran separately explained in writing, will entail a sweeping examination of all available and relevant evidence.
From the CSI-style stuff that modern juries now expect to see to electronic information harvested from cell phones and computers to surveillance systems that may have been in place at the industrial park where the body was found or at Hernandez’s home, plenty of potential proof is floating around. Curran says that investigators will instruct cellular providers to freeze any information in place, in the event that any of the witnesses try to destroy his or her phone.
And any attempt by any of the witnesses to erase or eliminate electronic evidence won’t look good when the time comes to determine whether folks are guilty of any crimes.
At this point, it’s unclear how many crimes were or may have been committed, beyond the most obvious one: Murder. In the coming days and weeks, more information will likely surface. For now, it’s still possible that things will go poorly for Hernandez.