Aaron Hernandez's Lawyer Blasts The Media
by Evan Grossman
Jun 25, 2013 10:14 AM EDT
Multiple outlets reported Monday that State Police divers waded through a creek near Aaron Hernandez's house in North Attleborough, Mass., searching for evidence linked to a murder investigation that is now a week old. The cops came up empty, according to the NY Daily News, and it is unclear what exactly they were looking for.
Reports indicated that investigators in scuba gear and armed with metal detectors may have been searching a densely wooded area for the murder weapon. However no new evidence was located, according to those reports, and Hernandez remains holed up in his house.
On Monday night, his lawyer, Michael Fee, issued a statement to the Boston Globe that claims Hernandez had been “the subject of a relentless flood of rumors, misinformation and false reports in the media. These include repeated publication of [a] supposedly confirmed report an arrest warrant had been issued for Aaron, a report exposed as untrue. None of the false reports come from official sources and we appreciate the professionalism and restraint shown by the Bristol County DA.”
Police spent almost four hours searching Hernandez's home Saturday afternoon but the Patriots tight end has not yet been served with an arrest warrant. Multiple reports have claimed a warrant for obstruction of justice charges had been drafted with Hernandez's name on it, but it has not yet been issued. There have been no arrests in connection with the alleged murder of Odin Lloyd, who was found last Monday by a jogger in an industrial space near where Hernandez lives.
According to police, Lloyd was shot in the head. Published reports indicate the slain semi-pro football player spent time with Hernandez the weekend prior to his killing, and may have been dating the sister of Hernandez’s own girlfriend, establishing a link between the two men. Multiple reports have also claimed Hernandez and Lloyd were captured on film together by surveillance cameras at several locations last weekend.
The video police seem most interested in though is the security camera footage from Hernandez's mansion.
It has been reported that police were at Hernandez's house three times last week to question him and the video security system there may contain evidence used the investigation. But the surveillance system had reportedly been destroyed. Police have also stated that the cellphone Hernandez turned over to authorities was "in pieces." The destruction of those elements are believed to be at the center of the obstruction of justice charges. Police were also reportedly interested in questioning why Hernandez had a cleaning service scrub his mansion early last week.
The mere mention of Hernandez in relation to the crime this week was enough for the manufacturers of Muscle Milk to sever ties with the tight end. According to reports, the Patriots have also told him to stay away from the team's training complex and the NFL is reserving comment until the case unfolds further.
"In light of the investigation involving Aaron Hernandez, CytoSport is terminating its endorsement contract with Mr. Hernandez, effective immediately," the company said in a statement Friday.
It has been a busy week for Fee and the rest of Hernandez's legal team.
Unrelated to the Lloyd murder investigation, a lawsuit filed last week accused Hernandez of accidentally shooting Alexander Bradley in the face in February during an argument. He was also questioned in a shooting investigation while he was a student at the University of Florida, but he was never charged.
The investigation is ongoing. Stick with football.com for more developments as they are reported in the case.