Pats star Aaron Hernandez’s name is on the rental agreement of a car found near a dead man in Massachusetts, leading to lots of questions.
BOSTON — A Connecticut man has sued New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez for allegedly shooting him in the face after the two left a strip club in Miami in February, the victim's lawyer said Wednesday.
Hernandez, one of the team’s two star tight ends, is also being questioned by police in Massachusetts in a separate case after a body was discovered near his home in North Attleborough.
Attorney David Jaroslawicz said he filed a complaint on behalf of his client Alexander Bradley on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Florida alleging Hernandez fired a bullet into Bradley's eye after the two of them drove away from Tootsie's strip club in Miami. The shooting happened in Riviera Beach, some 75 miles north of Miami, Jaroslawicz said.
Jaroslawicz said Bradley had lost his eye, had undergone multiple surgeries and would seek unspecified damages from Hernandez.
He said an initial complaint had been filed against Hernandez earlier in June but that it was withdrawn because of an error it contained.
Hernandez could not be reached for comment, and the Patriots refused to comment about an ongoing police investigation.
In a separate case, Massachusetts State Police searched Hernandez's home Tuesday as part of a probe into a suspected homicide, according to an ABC News.
Hernandez was initially uncooperative with police after the body of a 27-year-old man was found in an industrial park near his home in North Attleborough on Monday.
North Attleborough is home to many Patriots players because of its proximity to Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots play.
Police have yet to rule out Hernandez as a suspect in a homicide investigation.
Before police searched Hernandez’s home for several hours Tuesday night and left with a large box, two men leaving the home were stopped in the driveway and questioned by police.
The body was identified Wednesday as 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a linebacker for the semi-pro Boston Bandits. There were indications that he was shot and the body dumped in the industrial park. Lloyd had practiced with the team on Saturday.
There was an additional report from WBZ-TV in Boston that Lloyd was dating the sister of Shayanna Jenkins, Hernandez’s girlfriend and mother of his child, at the time of Lloyd’s death.
The link to Hernandez in the case was first reported to be a rented Chevrolet Surburban with Rhode Island license plates that are registered to Enterprises. Investigators sought the vehicle to check for fingerprints.
Hernandez joined the Patriots in 2010 after being drafted from Florida and combined with Rob Gronkowski to form one of the NFL’s best tight-end duos. Hernandez has 175 catches for 1,956 yards and 18 touchdowns in three seasons.