New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is having a bad day. Hours after police announced that the 23-year-old player had not been ruled out as a suspect in the killing of Odin Lloyd, TMZ learned Wednesday that he was recently sued for allegedly shooting someone else in the face.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Florida last Thursday, Alexander S. Bradley sued Hernandez for an incident he says occurred in Miami in February, TMZ reports. The suit was filed just days before police searched Hernandez’s North Attleboro, Mass., home in their investigation into the killing of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player.
According to Bradley’s lawsuit, he and Hernandez were at Tootsie’s Cabaret, a Miami strip club, when they began to argue, TMZ reports. After the altercation, Bradley and Hernandez allegedly left the strip club — in the same car.
At some point during the ride, the argument escalated yet again, with Hernandez pulling out a gun and aiming it at Bradley, TMZ reports. The gun then discharged, allegedly shooting Bradley in the face. Bradley claims to have suffered grave wounds, including the loss of his right eye.
In addition to needing major facial reconstruction surgery, Bradley claims that he suffered extensive damage to his right arm and hand, TMZ reports. Furthermore, the plaintiff suggests that Hernandez was not licensed to carry a gun.
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While Bradley had initially sued Hernandez for more than $100,000, the case will never get to court. TMZ notes that the lawsuit has already been dismissed, indicating that the two parties have reached a settlement. However, CBS Sports reports that Bradley plans to refile the suit on Wednesday.
While the lawsuit itself has been validated, it appears that Miami police did not deem it necessary to prosecute Hernandez in the alleged shooting of Bradley. Sports Illustrated's Greg Bedard notes that a police report was filed at the time of the incident, but it was "resolved quickly."
Bradley’s alleged lawsuit is more bad news for Hernandez, who is currently being investigated by Massachusetts authorities in the killing of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old “associate” of his. On Wednesday, CBS Boston reported that Hernandez had not been ruled out as a suspect in the homicide.