ABC News reported that he is now being sought by authorities on obstruction of justice charges. This report stated that an arrest warrant has been issued for the Patriots tight end in connection with the shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd of Boston. However, The Boston Globe countered with a report of its own saying no such warrant has yet been issued. Both reports cited unnamed sources in law enforcement.
ABC News’ report said authorities believe there’s evidence to suggest Hernandez’s home security system was destroyed. Furthermore, when the player’s attorneys handed over his cell phone to investigators, that device was also broken “in pieces.” Police also want answers as to why a cleaning crew was called to work inside Hernandez’s North Attleboro, Mass. home on Monday.
Meanwhile, a U.S. District Court in south Florida has issued a summons for Hernandez. The document informs Hernandez that he is being sued and has 21 days to respond to this action. If he fails to do so, the court paper says, the plaintiff will automatically receive the damages sought.
A 30-year-old Connecticut man, Alexander Bradley, claims to be an acquaintance of Hernandez and says, in his court filings, that he was shot by Hernandez in February. Bradley is seeking compensation of an unspecified amount in excess of $100,000, according to the court documents.
The 23-year-old Hernandez made a brief appearance at Gillette Stadium on Thursday before leaving the facility and driving to his lawyers’ offices in downtown Boston. Several media and news helicopters followed Hernandez the entire way, with some news stations airing live footage of his vehicle on its journey.