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Aaron Hernandez says he's 'not guilty' in jailhouse letter

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

A jailhouse letter has emerged in the Hernandez case. (USATSI)
A jailhouse letter has emerged in the Hernandez case. (USATSI)

Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been in jail for just over a month now, which apparently has been long enough for the him to take on a pen pal.

A man named Karl recently sent a letter to Hernandez and Hernandez actually wrote him back. The letter Hernandez wrote was obtained by TMZ and verified as real by law enforcement officials.

In the letter, Hernandez says that he's 'NOT GUILTY' and that 'all the people who turned on me will feel like crap.'

Here's the complete contents of the letter:

Your letter meant alot and was very true! I know everything happens for a reason and I know 'God' has a plan for me and something good will come out of this. The world just makes things out of false accusations and it will all die down especially when they say NOT GUILTY and all the people who turned on me will feel like crap. I've always been a great person an[d] known for having an amazing heart! I am a strong person and nothing will break me! A [correctional officer] will never nor can they say now for one day have I been down or not with a smile on my face. I know there is a reason I'm going thru this and I will figure it out through my relationship with the Lord. I fell off especially after making all that money but when its all said and done 'God' put me in the situation for a reason. I'm humbled by this ALREADY and this will change me forever. At least I'll know my true supporters. Thanks for being one of them!

Karl and Hernandez may not be pen pals for long. Hernandez closed the letter by asking his new pen pal to "keep this off social media," there's a good chance the letter's going to make it on social media now that Karl has made it public.

Another interesting part of the letter is that it sounds like Hernandez plans on playing football again. At the bottom of the letter, where Hernandez signed it, he also wrote, "Can't wait to sign this again when I'm playing again an[d] prove all the haters and da talkers WRONG."

Hernandez is in jail awaiting trial for murder in the death of Odin Lloyd.


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