ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez briefly hospitalized: report
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[June 23, 2014]
(Reuters) - Former New England
Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who is in a Massachusetts jail awaiting
trial on murder charges, was removed from his cell for a brief hospital
visit over the weekend, a local TV station reported on Sunday.
Hernandez was treated for an unspecified medical condition at St.
Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on Saturday morning,
and was gone from the jail for less than an hour, Bristol County
Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told WBZ-TV, a local CBS affiliate.
Hodgson did not reveal the reason for Hernandez's hospitalization,
but said it did not stem from any type of altercation with other
inmates or guards at the Bristol County House of Correction, the TV
After the visit, Hernandez was returned to the jail, which is about
60 miles (97 km) south of Boston, the TV station reported.
The former football star, who had a contract worth about $40 million
at the time of his arrest last year, is awaiting trial on
first-degree murder charges stemming from the death last year of
Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player.
Hernandez has also been charged with gunning down two men he met at
a Boston nightclub in 2012.
Prosecutors have charged that Hernandez grew so enraged when a drink
was spilled on him that he tracked down and shot dead Cape Verde
nationals Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
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Hernandez has denied all three murders. The Patriots cut ties with
the former tight end hours after his arrest on June 26, 2013.
Hodgson did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Edith Honan and Eric
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