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Palm Beach report links Patriots star to shooting



New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, whose home was recently searched in connection with a murder near Boston, may have been involved in a shooting after a night of partying at the Miami Gardens strip bar Tootsie’s.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a man bleeding from the head early Feb. 13 in an industrial part of Riviera Beach, just north of West Palm Beach.

When they arrived, according to the PBSO report, they found Alexander Bradley bleeding from the head and a hand. Bradley was uncooperative and rude to deputies and emergency personnel and refused to identify his attacker other than describing him as “black” and “Hispanic.”

Bradley did, however, claim in a federal lawsuit filed in West Palm Beach June 13 that Hernandez, the Patriots’ up-and-coming tight end and former University of Florida standout, shot him while waving a gun at him in a car. According to TMZ, the bullet traveled up Bradley’s arm and into his skull, shattering his eyeball and facial bones.

The argument between Hernandez and Bradley, who were friends, allegedly occurred as the two drove north on I-95 in Palm Beach County after leaving Tootsie’s.

When asked why the incident was not investigated, PBSO spokeswoman Teri Barbera said Bradley was uncooperative.

“You can’t investigate something you don’t have,” she said. “Obviously, this guy didn’t want this to be prosecuted.”

Home sweet home?

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh recently professed his love for Miami, responding to speculation he’d be traded by saying he wants to retire here.

But as he prepares for Thursday’s Game 7 of the NBA Finals, his words could eventually come back to haunt him.

In August, Bosh told an Orlando judge trying to determine Bosh’s residency in connection with child support payments to an ex-girlfriend that his native Texas — not Florida — would always be his home. The judge ruled in December that the ball player shouldn’t legally be considered one of us, never mind that Bosh lives on North Bay Road in Miami Beach.

Why was it even in question? Ex-girlfriend Allison Mathis sued Bosh to force him to pay higher Florida child support rates, about $30,000-a-month instead of the $2,600-a-month that a court in Texas told Bosh to pay.

With the case in appeals court, Mathis’ lawyer now says she’ll use Bosh’s new-found love for Miami to show how Bosh lied under oath.

“Chris Bosh’s testimony in court about his being a Florida resident is exactly opposite of what he recently told the media,” said attorney Jane Carey. “He now says he intends to retire here after playing for the Heat.

“You can’t be a resident of Texas and retire in Florida.

“Chris Bosh fooled the trial judge, but we believe that the appellate court will reverse the lower court decision.”

Bosh’s peeps aren’t talking.

Charge dropped

A battery charge against the owner of the old Miami Arena downtown property was dropped after his alleged victim asked that the case not be prosecuted.

Developer Glenn Straub allegedly choked a fan on the sideline of a polo field he owns because she looked underage and was drinking beer.

In a strange twist that surprised prosecutors, Straub’s victim was a woman at the time of the April 2012 incident. She now lives as a man.

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