Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

'John 3:16' written on Aaron Hernandez's forehead, source says

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File).

The New England Patriots tight end was found unresponsive inside his prison cell on Wednesday, April 19, according to the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.

(AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File).

Aaron Hernandez played three seasons for the Patriots before getting charged with first-degree murder for the Odin Lloyd shooting.

A MA prosecutor said on Thursday the state would release the brain of New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez after his attorney accused the state of reneging on a deal to do so the day after he was found dead in his prison cell. Guards found Hernandez shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday. He attempted to block the door of his cell from the inside by "jamming the door with various items", authorities added.

According to the Boston Globe, Hernandez is the 27th suicide in MA state prisons since 2010, and the second so far this year.

Reportedly, upon discovering Aaron's body, the correction center had Hernandez rushed to UMass Leominster hospital. Otherwise, he would have been transferred to a mental health unit, Fallon said.

Legally speaking, Aaron Hernandez may have become a free man in his death.

In his double-murder trial, Baez challenged the credibility of the prosecution's star witness, suggesting he had killed the men and pinned it on Hernandez in exchange for immunity.

Yet 10 months later, in 2013, with the discovery of the body of a friend who had been shot multiple times, Hernandez's life began a dramatic spiral downward.

Hernandez is survived by numerous relatives, including his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, and his 4-year-old daughter. Prosecutors contended Hernandez fired into their vehicle because he felt disrespected when one of the men bumped into him and spilled his drink at a Boston club. At the White House event in the afternoon, Republican President Trump congratulated the Super Bowl champions but made no mention of Hernandez. In 2012, he signed a five-year, $40 million contract extension.

But officials said the brain will now be released to Boston University's CTE Center in accordance with the wishes of Hernandez's family. "Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence", he said. "Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death".

Baez declined to comment further Thursday. "He was just acquitted and cleared of the murder charges".

According to Baez, the Hernandez family expected to receive the brain Thursday morning so they could give it to BU.

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