At the age of 17, only months after he enrolled at the University of Florida to play football, the late NFL star was accused of shooting two men in a car after a fight broke out. The Boston Globe Spotlight Team revealed the shocking drama on the latest episode of the podcast, Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.
In the episode, journalist Bob Hohler interviewed the detective who was tasked in interviewing Hernandez about the alleged crime.
"When you're in the police station in the middle of an attempted homicide investigation, you kind of don't expect to walk in on somebody sleeping," the detective said.
According to the podcast, in September 2007, Hernandez was in a club when a man snatched his gold chain off of his neck and "taunted" him. The drama poured over outside, with Hernandez fighting his alleged enemy.
Later, the chain snatcher left the scene with two friends, who were shot minutes later in a car. The chain snatcher described the shooter to police as Hernandez, Hohler reported.
"He told them he'd seen a tall Hawaiian or Hispanic man, six foot three, 240 lbs," Hohler explained. "According to him, the Hawaiian or Hispanic man was the gunman."
The alleged eyewitness further accused Hernandez of committing the crime after identifying him in a lineup of men, the podcast revealed.
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Hernandez – after waking up in the police station – ultimately refused to answer "any" questions about the crime, the podcast revealed. The late football pro demanded a lawyer.
Hernandez was ultimately dropped as a suspect in the shooting because the chain snatcher retracted his statement.
"He said he didn't see who pulled the trigger but assumed it was Hernandez because of the argument outside of the club," the podcast host explained.
According to the Globe spotlight team, no one has ever been charged for the crime.
Days before his shocking suicide, Hernandez was acquitted of the 2012 double murder of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
The new podcast is a six-part series about Hernandez produced by Wondery.
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