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Aaron Hernandez won’t be watching Patriots in jail

Aaron Hernandez (shown in an October photo) is incarcerated as he awaits trial.  (Brian Snyder / AP)

As he occupies a prison cell in North Dartmouth, Mass., there aren’t many things Aaron Hernandez is allowed to do. He cannot mix with the general population and he cannot watch TV, not even playoff games involving his former NFL team.

“He’s not allowed to watch any TV,” Thomas M. Hodgson, sheriff at the Bristol County House of Correction, told the Boston Herald.

That means that Hernandez, until was the Patriots’ starting tight end until his arrest and release in June, will be one of the few people in America not watching Brady-Manning XV, a k a  the AFC championship game, Sunday. As a high-profile inmate awaiting trial in the murder of Odin Lloyd, Hernandez is in isolation in a special management unit for all but one hour, three times a day. Hodgson told the Herald that members of the general population were allowed to watch one hour of the Patriots’ divisional-round victory over Indianapolis.

“We only allow two hours a day of entertainment television,” Hodgson said. “The rest of it has to be self-help tapes, self-help documentaries.”

Hernandez is, he said, “for the most part, … cooperative” and he had asked Hodgson for a little time to watch TV.

“That, of course, is no,” Hodgson said, since he is not in the general population.

Hernandez had pleaded not guilty to all charges.
After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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