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Aaron Hernandez not allowed to watch football in jail

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Hernandez won't get the chance to argue in his defense until his criminal trial. (USATSI)
Hernandez is not allowed to watch football in jail. (USATSI)

This should go without saying, I think, but Aaron Hernandez is not allowed to watch football in jail.

So sayeth Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson to TMZ when they asked if the former Patriots tight end was allowed to watch his old team, or any team for that matter.

"While Mr. Hernandez and many other inmates would like to watch football, it is just not part of our policy here," Hodgson said. "So that will not be happening."

Is this either normal or abnormal? I'm not particularly familiar with the happenings in prison so I don't have a clue what prisoners can and cannot do.

My assumption is that if you're in prison you either a) did something really wrong or b) allegedly did something really wrong. Given that assumption it seems a bit silly to give out free Internet and Sunday Ticket and other amenities that many non-imprisoned people wish they had.

Not that I don't want CBS ratings to climb and dot com clicks to go through the roof. I do. But if you're going to incarcerate a bunch of people don't make it any more fun, you know? Force them all to watch "Dr. Phil" or something.

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