NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. - State and local police spent
hours at the home of NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez of the New England
Patriots on Tuesday night as another group of officers searched an
industrial park about a mile away where a body was discovered the day
Police at the scene and prosecutors would not comment on the actions while Sports Illustrated,
citing an unidentified source, reported that Hernandez was not believed
to be a suspect in what was being treated as a possible homicide.
Police had spoken with Hernandez, the magazine said.
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 Sun Chronicle of Attleboro, Mass., said the SUV was registered to "Enterprise" and investigators wanted to analyze it for fingerprints.
The Associated Press could not independently confirm the reports.
No cause of death had been released for the body found about 5:30 p.m. Monday.
is represented by the Athletes First agency, which said it has no
comment "on the Aaron Hernandez situation." The player's mother said by
telephone from Connecticut on Tuesday she had no knowledge of a case
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.
"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.
North Attleborough is south of Boston on the Rhode Island state line, not far from the Patriots' stadium in Foxboro.
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
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.
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."
Hernandez played in college with Tim Tebow, who was recently signed by the Patriots.