The vetting of Aaron Hernandez's spotty past has continued and, well, things still aren't looking great for the former New England Patriots star. There's the damning pre-draft psych test, an even more detailed history of trouble, a dead witness, a behind-bars marriage, and now almost unredacted police reports tying him to a 2007 double shooting. Just another day in the twisting saga of the bad-boy tight end turned accused assassin.
As we predicted yesterday, the vetting of Aaron Hernandez and his history of violence has begun, and this time it's more than just a fight spawned by a sucker punch outside a Gainsville bar. ESPN's Outside the Lines dug up the police reports about the 2007 double shooting to which Hernandez has been connected. Hernandez was a minor at the time, so his name is redacted throughout most of the report, but this is what they could come up with: Florida Gators teammates Aaron Hernandez, Mike Pouncey, Maurkice Pouncey, and UF alumnus Reggie Nelson (then a Jacksonville Jaguars rookie) went to the Venue nightclub in Gainesville, Florida on September 30, 2007. While partying in the club, according to the police report, Hernandez told Nelson about Randall Cason, another patron, who he said had stolen his necklace. They had beef, essentially. When Cason left with two friends, Corey Smith and Justin Glass, their car was fired upon while stopped a few blocks later. Two men approached the vehicle and shots rang out. Cason originally fingered Hernandez and Nelson as the shooters:
Cason, then 20, told police that shooter was a "Hawaiian" or "Hispanic" male who had a large muscular build, stood about 6-foot-3 or 6-foot-4, weighed about 230 or 240 pounds and had a lot of tattoos. Cason said there was also a black male with the shooter, and Cason identified the black male as Reggie Nelson, a former Florida Gator who was a rookie with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Nelson, in an interview with the Gainesville police, said he had been at the nightclub earlier but denied he was even on the same street as the shooting.
But Cason later reneged that claim, on the same day police went to interview Hernandez, who refused to speak with them without a lawyer present. Massachusetts police have asked that any and all information relating to this case be turned over for their investigation into Hernandez's involvement in the killing of semi-pro football player and Hernandez's friend-through-girlfriends Odin Loyd. But the cops also have to worry about their own witnesses getting married or, potentially, going cold.