In a development eerily reminiscient of O.J. Simpson’s white Bronco pursuit in 1994 (on the day of an NBA Finals game, no less), news helicopters trailed tight end Aaron Hernandez’s car to Gillette Stadium this morning.
At around 11:23 a.m. ET, the cameras showed him jogging from his car into Gillette Stadium. Whether he’s just trying to get a sweat on before he works out or is aware that he’s being followed is not clear.
There are reports that Hernandez will be arrested today in connection with the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, and that the murder is drug-related — specifically marijuana. As of this writing there is no warrant out for his arrest, but that could soon change.
From My Fox Boston:
A law enforcement official tells FOX 25 Hernandez appears to be directly tied to the homicide which is why authorities executed a search warrant at his home Tuesday night. According to the same source, Hernandez, Lloyd, and two other men were at a bar in Boston the night of the homicide, and at some point, the four men left together in a car driven by Hernandez which was confirmed by a text Lloyd sent another friend, the source says.
It is unclear where the car went or what happened during the ride, but according to the source only three men returned to Hernandez’s home at the end of the night and Lloyd was not one of them.
The source also says forensic evidence places a vehicle driven by Hernandez at one of the crime scenes in this case.
My Fox Boston has a live steam of the cameras following Hernandez.
It’s way, way too early to judge Hernandez’s innocence or guilt in this case, or what exactly his involvement might be. That being said, we should note that millionaire athletes getting involved with drug dealers is never a good idea. It only leads to bad news.
UPDATE: Hernandez has since left Gillette Stadium. There is still no warrant out for his arrest. Reporters apparently swarmed the tight end as he was filling his car with gas — because that’s a smart thing to do to someone connected with a homicide (from @HubbuchNYP):
UPDATE, 3:20 p.m. ET: According to ABC News, police will return to Hernandez’s house with another warrant — they have evidence that he “destroyed” his own home security system. He also reportedly had a cleaning service over to his place on Monday, and his attorneys gave the police his cell phone “in pieces.” THAT’S NOT SKETCHY. An arrest is said to be “likely.”
We will update this page as news becomes available.
Top photo via @KathyReports