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NFL Teams Consider Having Police Experts Check Prospects’ Tattoos For Gang Ties

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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD (CBS Connecticut/AP) — In the wake of Aaron Hernandez’s first-degree murder charge, National League Football teams might take a closer look at the tattoos of prospects entering the NFL draft.

CBS Sports reports that teams may have police experts look at NFL hopefuls’ tattoos after there was concern Hernandez’s tattoos were gang-related.

“Spoke (with) longtime NFL personnel man who said in wake of Aaron Hernandez teams may use police experts to check prospects tattoos,” CBS Sports columnist Bruce Feldman posted on Twitter.

Earlier this month, the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office said it appears Hernandez’s multiple tattoos show no sign of gang affiliations.

“We always take extra precautions. We don’t have any definite issues at this point, but we’re still being very cautious,” Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told the Boston Herald.

Hernandez denies having any ties to gangs.

“He talked to our gang investigators and said he didn’t have any involvement,” Hodgson told the Herald.

The former New England Patriots tight end has pleaded not guilty to murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a Boston semi-professional football player. Hernandez’s legal team says the case against him is circumstantial and that he wants to clear his name. He is being held at a county jail.

Two other men are being held on lesser charges related to the case. Ernest Wallace is facing a charge of accessory to murder after the fact; Carlos Ortiz is facing a gun charge. Both have had not guilty pleas entered on their behalf.

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