From Touchdowns to Lockdown


img-Aaron-Hernandez-denied-bail-eyed-in-2012-killingsAaron Hernandez was a lucky young man.  Because he was big, strong, and was an above average athlete, he was paid millions of dollars to play a ‘game.’  He was also lucky enough to be on one of the better teams in Professional Football, the New England Patriots.  Now it appears that instead of scoring touchdowns, he’s headed for lockdown.

Just 11 months ago, Aaron Hernandez signed a contract worth 40 million dollars.  Today he can’t spend a dollar of it, with the exception of attorney’s fees.  He is accused of murdering Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semipro football player, and Hernandez’ friend, who was found dead on June 17.

Police say that Hernandez and two other men picked up Lloyd at his Boston apartment early on June 17th.  The vehicle that was used by the men was identified in an industrial park, in North Attleborough, near Hernandez’ home.  Lloyd’s body was found in that industrial park.

The two other men in the car were Ernest Wallace, and Carlos Ortiz.  They are both being held on related charges.

Ortiz told police about a second residence of Hernandez. “Hernandez has a second place that not many people know about,” said Ortiz.

Police searched the apartment and found .45 caliber ammunition, and a white hooded sweatshirt.  Lloyd was shot five times with a .45 caliber handgun on June 17th.

Hernandez is being charged with orchestrating the shooting, but has not been identified as the actual shooter.

“As far as the specifics about who was the shooter and who might have been a joint venturer, it’s too early to say. The investigation is ongoing. There’s a probable cause hearing (for Hernandez) scheduled for two weeks, and our case continues to grow.”

Hernandez has had a drastic change in lifestyle.  He has moved from luxury-type residence to a 7-by-10-foot jail cell.  He will be able to spend some of his money.  He has been ‘reclassified.’  He is allowed three hours out of his cell each day, one of those hours outdoors. He now has an ‘account’ at the prison commissary.  He can order soup, cookies and toiletries. Hernandez can also see visitors one day per week for a total of one hour. No one has visited him yet.

Aaron Hernandez has lost the life most people dream about.  From the life of a highly respected professional athlete, who made more money in two years than most will make in a lifetime, he is facing the loss of his freedom forever.  He has gone from the cheers of the fans as he made touchdowns, to the ‘clank’ of a prison cell door, spending his days in lockdown.

Alfred James reporting


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