Aaron Hernandez apparently once threatened a reporter’s life, according to the reporter himself, Ian Rapoport.
Speaking with Monday Morning Quarterback, Rapoport recalled the incident, saying:
“[T]here is one that I think about a lot. I would end up hanging around by his locker a lot. He would do his interviews and we would chat. There weren’t a lot of guys that were just hanging out in the locker room, especially during those years, so we would hang out and we would talk. When we first exchanged numbers, he called me over and said, ‘Hey I just want you to know, you’re my guy. If you need anything let me know, I will help you out if I can. But I just want you to know, if you f— me over, I’ll kill you.'”
Rapoport remembers laughing it off, but acknowledges that the exchange took on a deeper meaning after Hernandez was actually accused of murder. He said:
“I sort of laughed a little bit, and I said, ‘Don’t worry, I got you, I’ll take care of you.’ It was me and this other reporter from CBS Sports, William Bendetson, and he was standing there and had listened and we kind of turned to each other and both laughed. And then the first text I got after it became clear that Hernandez was the suspect in the murder investigation was from William Bendetson, who was like, ‘Hey remember that day in the locker room?‘”
Knowing what we know now about the former Patriots star, it’s a very unnerving thing to hear.
Although acquitted of double murder, the 27-year-old was serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013.
He killed himself in his prison cell on Wednesday.
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