Officials will investigate Aaron Hernandez’s death, but for now, it’s being ruled a suicide. Someone close to Hernandez, however, believes something else might have happened.
Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell Wednesday morning at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass. A spokesperson for the Massachusetts Department of Correction said in a statement the death was a suicide, but Brian Murphy, one of Hernandez’s agents, insisted the former New England Patriots tight end couldn’t have taken his own life.
Murphy, who represented Hernandez at the agency Athletes First, tweeted this Wednesday morning.
Another one of Hernandez’s representatives — lawyer Jose Baez — also reportedly is skeptical. Sources told TMZ Sports that “Baez believes this could be murder either by inmates or the folks who run the prison.” Additionally, the TMZ Sports report states Hernandez’s family is “devastated” and can’t believe he was in the frame of mind to kill himself.
A former teammate of Hernandez told ESPN’s Josina Anderson he also doesn’t believe Hernandez took his own life.
The Worcester County District Attorney’s Office and the Massachusetts Department of Correction announced Wednesday morning that Massachusetts State Police detectives will investigate Hernandez’s death. Only time will tell if these suspicions are warranted, and even that might not give us all the answers in an obviously complicated situation.
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