Reports conflict on whether Aaron Hernandez is set to be arrested

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's role in the death of a 27-year-old man is significant enough that he "likely" will be arrested for his connection in the case, Sports Illustrated is reporting.

Meanwhile, Boston Globe political reporter Wesley Lowery says police currently are not planning to arrest Hernandez.

According to SI, it's not yet known what charges Hernandez will face, but his connection to the deceased has been linked by police. Reportedly, Hernandez and the victim, Odin Lloyd, were together at a bar, along with two others, the night Lloyd died. Tim Williams of Pittsburgh's KDKA Radio reported Thursday afternoon that surveillance footage showed Hernandez, Lloyd and two others in a rental car hours before murder. Lloyd's body was found in a field close to Hernandez's home.

Here's what has been reported over the past two days:

  • A Jets fan confronted Hernandez in Providence in May and police found a gun under a car, though it's unclear whose gun it was.
  • Gainesville, Fla., police interviewed Hernandez in 2007 regarding a shooting that occurred after a Florida-Auburn game, though Hernandez was not considered a suspect
  • A man named Alexander Bradley was reportedly set to sue Hernandez for allegedly shooting him in the face and causing him to lose an eye.

More from the SI report:

Hernandez's friends from back home in Connecticut always concerned the coaches at the University of Florida, according to one of Hernandez's former coaches there. The coaching staff worried whenever Hernandez returned home to Connecticut.

"There were always people that were trying to surround themselves with him that weren't in his best interest and they were around him," said the former coach. "For him, it's like anything else. He's a good-hearted kid who had a hard time saying no."

No arrests have been made in connection with the Lloyd case.

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