Jose Baez pours a lot of dirt in his upcoming Aaron Hernandez biography, which hits the shelves on Tuesday.
In "Unnecessary Roughness: During the trial and the last days of Aaron Hernandez", the lawyer who acquitted Hernandez of a double homicide of 2012 crushes the rumor about the prison letters, casting fascinating new details about Hernandez's trade request to Bill Belichick and describes Hernandez & # 39; last days as inmates and later suicide victims
But Baez, who also successfully defended Casey Anthony in 2011, is also adept at creating reasonable doubts. And readers hoping to get a clearer picture of Hernandez will instead find himself confused about Hernandez's secret out-of-field life, as well as whether he's involved in the 2012 Boston double murder and the 2013 Odin Lloyd murder was sentenced by Hernandez.
Hernandez was acquitted of double murders on April 14, 2017, and hanged himself in his jail cell five days later at the age of 27. Baez presents an entirely different side of Hernandez than the one presented in courtrooms and the media.
"I try my best to paint a precise picture of him," Baez said in a telephone interview on Friday. "There are some negative things that I write, but the main purpose is to show the other side what has already been written."
Baez certainly portrays Hernandez in a positive light. He says the rumors that Hernandez is in a gang are nonsense, and his tattoos are simply "symbols of strength." Baez says Hernandez is such a criminal novice that he has to buy his weapons from Florida because he did not know where he could get everything in Connecticut. But Baez writes that Hernandez was placed in an isolated cell and had nearly 100 disciplinary offenses during his stays at the Bristol County Jail and Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility.
And Baez has an alternative theory or explanation for everything, often using the "I'm not saying, I'm just saying" technique.
Baez does not explicitly refer to Hernandez & # 39; Stage 3 CTE, which was discovered post-mortem as the cause of his unpredictable behavior. He only drops occasional hints. (Baez is currently suing the NFL on behalf of Hernandez's daughter for not disclosing the effects of CTE.)
"When did Aaron decide that this would be his last night on Earth? Maybe the disease knows CTE "Baez wrote. And: "You can not blame anyone with a serious brain disease for their actions, or a four-year-old kid who pulls a gun and kills a sibling."
While The Meat of The Book focuses on the 2012 double-murder trial. New England readers will be most interested in details about the patriots who have commented on this story and its treatment of Hernandez's & # 39; murder and off-field issues:
■ Hernandez The issues started in February 2013, a week after Alexander Bradley was shot dead in West Palm Beach, Fla. Hernandez at a photo shoot in Phoenix and Bradley repeatedly sent threatening phone calls. Hernandez contacted Belichick and set up a meeting in Foxborough, but Hernandez showed nothing. They then agreed to meet at the Combine in Indianapolis.
■ At this meeting, Hernandez told Belichick that he feared for his safety and applied for a deal, ideally to a team on the West Coast. Baez wrote, "Aaron told me the coach was upset with the idea and reminded Aaron that the team had made a significant investment in it." Belichick told Hernandez to contact the Patriots' Security Director and get a new apartment.
Baez remains upset with the patriots for not taking Hernandez's trade requests seriously.
"Would you have taken it seriously, how would things have worked out?" He said.
■ Hernandez then did not speak with Belichick until May, when Hernandez asked when he should come for an unscheduled rehab job. After the Lloyd murder in June, Belichick and Hernandez had a five-minute conversation in which Hernandez said he was "absolutely not involved".
■ After the murder of Lloyd, Belichick met with his lawyer in his office with the police and refused to be recorded, which the police had committed. That "made it clear that the police were there as fans, not as investigators," Baez wrote.
■ Baez challenged Belichick to testify in the Boston double murder case while he was at the University of Miami's Pro Day in 2017, but Baez ruled
"Given the complexity of Belichick's schedule, I've made the decision that we Do not call him, "Baez said. "It would have been a nuisance to get him there, and I'm sure he would have fought it as much as possible."
■ Baez blows Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft to Hunt Hernandez to judge and release once he has been arrested.
"They are innocent until they are found guilty in this country, but not in this organization," Baez said.
■ Prior to the 2011 season, Hernandez sold his No. 85 jersey to Chad Ochocinco for $ 50,000 and "floated" the money to a drug dealer and got $ 120,000.
■ But Baez wrote that Belichick liked Hernandez as a footballer because Hernandez "did things the way he wanted. "And Hernandez told Baez that he was close to quarterback Tom Brady."
"Brady always wanted to know where I was," Hernandez said of Baez. "He always told me, 'Stop hanging out with these guys, take your (force) text together. "One of the things I regret is not listening to him anymore."
Baez doubts some of Hernandez's prominent episodes of life, providing evidence that tries to shake the theory of the "spilled drink" into the 2012s Crushing double murders, and wonders if the violence inflicted on the two victims was actually drug-related.
Baez has an alternative theory for the incident in 2013, when Hernandez shot Bradley in the face and Bradley's eye cost an alternative theory for the 2007 shooting Hernandez was allegedly involved in Gainesville, Florida.
Baez also raises much doubt about the rumors of Hernandez, who is gay.
Shayanna Jenkins, mother of Hernandez & # 39; s daughter, wrote in the foreword: "Aaron was very much a man with me. I saw no sign that he was gay or homosexual. "But Baez writes that the police have found a man known to both Hernandez and Jenkins, and he" confirmed to the police that he had a romantic relationship with Aaron.
A rumor that Baez Pumpkins is definitely the one that Hernandez has left a prison letter to a friend Baez publishes the three letters addressed to Baez, Jenkins, and Avielle, Hernandez's daughter Baez also has doubts that Hernandez committed suicide and says that he and all of them were completely unprepared and Baez mentions the lack of a toxicological report. "What if Aaron was poisoned in prison or given a sedative and then a hanging was staged?" He wrote.
Urban Meyer, Tim Tebow, and the University of Florida are also involved in Hernandez's story. Baez writes that Hernandez did not pay much attention to the rules while studying.
"Every time I was in the field, I was up in the grass," Hernande said z about Baez. "I would not play without grass."
Baez writes that Hernandez's behavior in Florida was so bad that Meyer wanted to kick him out of the team before his junior season (2009), but Tebow stepped in and said if you turn Hernandez off, you have to also switch off Tebow. Meyer gave in, but said that Hernandez had to leave the program after 2009.
This story sounds a bit dubious given Meyer's history of recruiting troubled but talented football players, and gave them additional opportunities.
"All I can tell you is what Aaron told me," Baez said.
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