Report: Man Claims Patriots’ Hernandez Shot Him In Face After Leaving Strip Club
North Attleborough, Mass. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — A man claims that New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez shot him in the face after the two got into a fight leaving a Miami strip club.
TMZ reports that Alexander Bradley filed a lawsuit in a Florida federal court on June 13 against Hernandez.
The lawsuit reportedly states that Hernandez aimed his gun at Bradley when the two got into an argument in the car after they left Tootsie’s Cabaret on Feb. 13. The gun then went off, allegedly causing Bradley to lose his right eye and suffer damage to his right hand and arm.
TMZ reports that the lawsuit was originally dismissed due to a paperwork error but that Bradley’s lawyers plan on refilling the lawsuit Wednesday. Bradley is seeking more than $100,000.
This legal snafu comes as Massachusetts State Police investigate the Patriots tight end for a possible connection into a homicide.
WBZ-TV reports that Hernandez has yet to be ruled out as a suspect and that he has not been cooperating with investigators so far.
Two troopers knocked on the door of Hernandez’s sprawling house in an upscale subdivision in North Attleborough Wednesday morning, but no one answered. The night before, police spent hours there as another group of officers searched an industrial park where the body was found Monday.
WBZ reports the deceased has been identified as 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. He reportedly dated the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend.
State police referred questions to Bristol District Attorney Sam Sutter’s office, which declined to comment.
Sports Illustrated reported that the link between Hernandez and the case was a rented Chevrolet Suburban with Rhode Island plates that police had been searching for. The Associated Press could not independently confirm the report.
Hernandez is represented by the Athletes First agency, which said it has no comment “on the Aaron Hernandez situation.” His mother said by phone from Connecticut on Tuesday she had no knowledge of a case involving him.
“I am aware of the reports, but I do not anticipate that we will be commenting publicly during an ongoing police investigation,” Patriots spokesman Stacey James said.
Later Wednesday, a woman in a car with Connecticut plates pulled into the driveway and took a small dog in a cage inside through the garage.
The Patriots drafted Hernandez out of Florida in 2010. Since then, he has combined with Rob Gronkowski to form one of the top tight end duos in the NFL.
On Tuesday night, some police officers stood on the front steps of Hernandez’s home and others could be seen inside. Some walked around the driveway and in the garage with flashlights. Before wrapping up their work for the night, one officer took a box out of the massive house.
North Attleborough is south of Boston on the Rhode Island state line, not far from the Patriots’ stadium in Foxboro.
In 38 games, the 6-foot-1, 245-pound Hernandez has 175 receptions for 1,956 yards and 18 touchdowns. He missed 10 games last season with an ankle injury and had shoulder surgery in April, but is expected to be ready for training camp. The Patriots have not said which shoulder was operated on.
Last summer, the Patriots gave Hernandez a five-year contract. It was worth $40 million, according to reports, and came just months after the team locked up Gronkowski, through 2019.
“Aaron’s improved a lot,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said at the time. “He’s worked hard, he’s improved a lot in all phases of the game — the passing game, the running game, protection and his overall versatility. He’s doing a good job for us.”
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