UPDATE - Conflicting report from the Boston Globe credits a law enforcement source that say NO arrest warrant has been issued.
According to a number of local reports coming out of Boston on Friday morning, law enforcement agents in the area have issued an arrest warrant for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
The decision certainly doesn’t come as much of a shock given how the investigation has played out this week in terms of Hernandez’s alleged connection to a North Attleborough murder. The evidence was seemingly stock piling against Hernandez, at least from a connection standpoint, as many reports indicated that the Patriots tight end had been with the victim and seen with the victim in video surveillance just prior to his death. Neighbors of Hernandez have told reporters that they heard gunshots early Monday morning.
In turn, the investigation has carried on throughout the week and with law enforcement’s decision to issue a warrant for Hernandez’s arrest, his future in the NFL is surely in jeopardy, although it’s best not to jump to conclusions, simply because he is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
On Thursday afternoon, news emerged that the video surveillance system at Hernandez’s home had been smashed and destroyed intentionally, while the Patriots tight end had handed over a cell phone that was “in pieces,” according to reports.
Law enforcement agents also wanted to know why Hernandez had hired a cleaning service to scrub his North Attleborough mansion earlier this week.
Hernandez has not cooperated with law enforcement officials to this point, so it appears that they have been unable to get the answers that they have needed.
The Patriots have barred Hernandez from returning to team-related activities for the time being, while this legal process sorts itself out.
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