*Poor guy didn’t stand a chance!
Aaron Hernandez beat up another inmate, but only the guy was in handcuffs.
Hernandez clearly didn’t care, as he attacked the inmate who was talking stuff.
*A photo opportunity with Tom Brady cost two security guards their jobs at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.
Following the Houston Texans’ loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, one of the guards, Joel Williams – who worked part-time at the stadium – told KHOU-TV that he had his picture taken with the quarterback just as he was ready to clock out from his shift.
After taking the picture with Brady, Williams said he was run down by a supervisor, who told him he was fired.
The other security guard, Christopher Moore, also had his picture taken with Brady and was fired as well.
Williams said he understood the policy that security guards were not permitted to take pictures with people while on duty but said he was ready to clock out when he ran into Brady.
“I said, ‘Hey, Tom Brady, good job, good game, man.’ He looked at me and smiled,” Williams told KHOU-TV. “He was very polite, very nice guy, humble. Sometimes I see players and say hello and they just keep walking.”
The company the men worked for, Contemporary Services Corporation, said in a statement to KHOU-TV that it stood by its decision to fire the two.
“It is strictly against CSC policy for its employees to request photos or autographs from players,” the statement said. “CSC stands by its decision to terminate the two employees who violated this policy.”
Moore, however, claims that the policy hasn’t been strictly enforced.
“What they say and what they practice are two different things,” Moore told KHOU-TV. “What we see on a daily basis, whether it be Reliant or CSC employees, is them taking pictures and asking for autographs from players.”
Watch KHOU’s report below.
*A new ad reflects what a majority of Americans think about House Speaker John Boehner in relation to the government shutdown.
Set to air during Sunday’s NFL game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots, the spot features a baby sobbing because he couldn’t get his way.
After several long seconds of crying, a narrator says, “Speaker John Boehner didn’t get his way on shutting down health care reform. So, he’s shut down the government and hurt the economy.”
The spot by House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, will air in Boehner’s district, which includes rural and suburban areas around Cincinnati.
The group has launched a six-figure ad campaign in the districts of the nine Republican members it’s targeting in the 2014 elections: Gary Miller (Calif.), Mike Coffman (Colo.), Rodney Davis (Ill.), Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Michael Grimm (N.Y.), Joe Heck (Nev.), Dave Joyce (Ohio), John Kline (Minn.) and Steve Southerland (Fla.).
*Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted Thursday on first-degree murder and weapons charges in the death of a friend whose bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park about a mile from the ex-player’s home.
The six-count grand jury indictment charges Hernandez with killing 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend.
Aaron Hernandez made a brief court appearance Thursday after being indicted on a first-degree murder charge. The 23-year-old pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in June, and he is being held without bail at a county jail.
Afterward Thursday’s appearance, his attorney Michael Fee said the defense was pleased to be on a path to a jury trial and was looking forward to testing the prosecution’s evidence.
“There has been an incredible rush to judgment in this case,” and the state doesn’t have enough evidence to prove the charges, he said.
Hernandez signed a contract last summer worth $40 million but was cut by the Patriots within hours of his June 26 arrest, when police led the handcuffed athlete from his home as news cameras rolled. He could face life in prison if convicted.
The Bristol County grand jury also indicted two others in the case. Hernandez associate Ernest Wallace is charged with accessory to murder after the fact.
Hernandez’s cousin Tanya Singleton is charged with criminal contempt for failing to comply with a judge’s order requiring her to provide truthful testimony to the grand jury.
Singleton has been jailed in Massachusetts since Aug. 1, but authorities haven’t said why. A recent affidavit says after Lloyd’s killing Singleton bought a bus ticket for Wallace, who’s believed to have been with Hernandez the night Lloyd died.
A jogger found Lloyd’s body on June 17 in a North Attleborough industrial park. His mother, Ursula Ward, called him a loving son who never hurt anyone and implored law enforcement officials to get justice for his slaying.
Prosecutors say Hernandez orchestrated Lloyd’s killing because he was upset at him for talking to people Hernandez had problems with at a nightclub days earlier. They say Hernandez, Wallace and another associate, Carlos Ortiz, picked Lloyd up at his home in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood early on June 17 and then drove to the industrial park.
Shortly before his death, authorities say, Lloyd sent his sister text messages. He asked if she had seen who he was with when he got into the car in Boston. Then he indicated who it was in a way that Lloyd’s family said he knew his sister would understand. “NFL,” he wrote. “Just so you know.”
Moments later, authorities say, Lloyd was dead after gunshots rang out in an unpaved construction area by a warehouse after he apparently got out of the car for what he thought was a bathroom break.
Authorities have not said who fired the shots, but according to court documents, Ortiz told police in Florida that Wallace said it was Hernandez.
Wallace has pleaded not guilty to a charge of accessory to murder after the fact. Ortiz has pleaded not guilty to a firearm charge. Both are being held in jail without bail.
Authorities have said they haven’t found the murder weapon, which they believe was a .45-caliber Glock pistol. But they recovered a magazine for .45-caliber bullets in Hernandez’s Hummer as well as ammunition of the same caliber inside a condo he rented in Franklin, Mass.
Authorities also recovered a shell casing that matched those found at the homicide scene after tracking the rental car Hernandez was in the night Lloyd died.
Hernandez is also facing civil litigation after a Connecticut man filed a lawsuit asserting the former player shot him in the face in February after they argued at a Miami strip club. Alexander Bradley, who says he lost an eye, told police at the time he didn’t know who shot him.
*Snoop Dogg has come under fire from fans after sending an online message of support to his friend Aaron Hernandez following his recent arrest on murder charges.
The former New England Patriots tight end is being held without bail by Massachusetts police amid allegations he was involved in the fatal shooting of Odin Lloyd, whose body was found near the athlete’s home in North Attleborough last month.
Hernandez, also accused of unlawful possession of firearms, faces life without parole if convicted.
Snoop Dogg, who was acquitted of his own murder counts in 1996 relating to the shooting death of a gang member three years earlier, showed support for Hernandez by reposting a picture of himself with Hernandez on Instagram earlier today.
The caption for the image, which had originally been uploaded earlier this year (13), now reads: “Keep ya head up !! We prayn 4 ya (sic)”.
Snoop’s Instragram followers pounced.
“Praying that he rots in hell!,” one person wrote. Another posted, “u should be praying for the family of the homie who got murdered! F**k Aaron Hernandez.”
Reports suggest the former NFL star, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder charges, is also under investigation by authorities in Boston in relation to a double homicide in the city last year, although cops have declined to confirm whether he is being considered as a possible suspect in that case.
*Sony Pictures has acquired a film based on the unlikely rise of wide receiver Jesse Holley, who entered the NFL after winning a reality show.
Holley overcame a poverty-ridden upbringing and multiple personal obstacles and went from working as a security guard to being an NFL wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. That gridiron career started in spectacular fashion when Holley caught a 77-yard pass in overtime, in his very first game. He was dragged down at the one-yard line.
Holley played for the Cowboys and New England Patriots winning “4th and Long,” a reality series that had an invite to the Cowboys’ training camp as its grand prize.
“Jesse Holley,” the film’s working title, was sold in a pitch that will be written by Randy Brown, who scripted the Clint Eastwood-starrer “Trouble With The Curve,” and it will be produced by Neal Moritz and his Original Film banner.
Dan Lindsay & TJ Martin, who won last year’s Oscar for Best Documentary for their gridiron film “Undefeated” are attached to make their narrative debut as directors.
NFL Hall of Famer and Holley’s mentor Michael Irvin will be an executive producer, with Sony Pictures exec DeVon Franklin (husband of actress Meagan Good) set to oversee for the studio.
Watch an ESPN segment on Holley’s story below.