New England Patriots have been dealt plenty of bad publicity since former tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted on two murder charges last year, and even though the Pats were not to blame for any of Hernandez's alleged off the field decisions, Tuesday was another one of those bad days for the team.
Testifying in the first of Aaron Hernandez's murder trials, Patriots owner Robert Kraft provided a key piece of evidence that will be hugely important for the prosecution going forward.
The reason why Kraft had to testify on Tuesday was because of what Hernandez had told him of where he was when Odin Lloyd was killed, with Kraft explaining, according to reports, that Hernandez told him that he was in a "club" at the time of the shooting.
"Via Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports, Kraft told jurors that Hernandez denied involvement in the murder of Odin Lloyd, explaining that he was in a “club” at the time of the shooting." ProFootballTalk reported on Tuesday.
"As Wetzel notes, the evidence introduced to date makes it clear that Hernandez wasn’t in a “club” at the time of the shooting. Which indicates Hernandez lied to Kraft."
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk speculates that Hernandez may simply dispute that he gave false information to the man who was his boss at the time.
However, this would require Hernandez to take the stand and subsequently expose himself to cross-examination, something it is reported that he is certainly not willing to do at the moment.
"Hernandez most likely won’t be testifying at all. To do so would expose him to cross-examination. Which could quickly erase any chance his lawyers have of identifying “reasonable doubt” during closing arguments," PFT added.
Watch this space.
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