The latest incidents are not the first time that Hernandez has been entangled with the law.
Gainesville police questioned him in relation to a double shooting in 2007, when Hernandez was a freshman tight end for the Florida Gators. Hernandez and a friend were in a nightclub near the crime scene after Floridas 20-17 loss to Auburn. Police said Hernandez cooperated and was not considered a suspect.
I know he was at the club, but he never saw any shooting, his mother, Terri Hernandez, told the Orlando Sentinel. He wasnt there at the time.
And Sports Illustrated reported Thursday that Hernandez was involved in a confrontation with a gun on May 18. A New York Jets fan taunted Hernandez outside a Providence, R.I., bar at 2 in the morning. Afterward, police saw someone put a gun under a car, but they were unable to determine if that person was with Hernandez or the teasing fan.
Hernandez played tight end for the Gators from 2007 through 2009, finishing his college career with 111 receptions for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns. He left school in 2010 to enter the NFL draft, being selected by the Patriots in the fourth round.
The Patriots last year signed Hernandez to a contract extension that will earn him up to $40 million through 2018, including a $12.5 million bonus, the highest signing bonus for a tight end.
Asked whether the Massachusetts homicide investigation would affect Alexander Bradleys civil suit against Hernandez, the plaintiffs attorney said maybe.
If it turns out Mr. Hernandez was involved in that incident, then he may not have the funds available to pay my clients damages after our trial is over, Jaroslawicz said.