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Tom Brady Instagram post offers hint as to why he isn’t attending White House ceremony

04.19.17 at 11:48 am ET
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Earlier Wednesday morning Tom Brady released a statement saying he isn’t attending the White House ceremony due to “personal family matters.”

Later in the morning he posted an Instagram with a picture of his parents with a caption noting it is their 48th wedding anniversary, adding “it’s so special to celebrate together.”

Based off this, and the report his mom is in Boston, it appears Brady is spending the day with his parents instead of visiting the White House.

The full caption read: For 48 years, my sisters and I have had the best example of love, friendship and compassion in our lives! And it’s so special to celebrate together! I love you mom and dad!

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Aaron Hernandez defense team to conduct own investigation on former TE’s death

04.19.17 at 11:39 am ET
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Aaron Hernandez committed suicide Wednesday morning. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez committed suicide Wednesday morning. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez’s defense team is speaking following his suicide early Wednesday morning.

“The family and legal team is shocked and surprised at the news of Aaron’s death,” Hernandez’s defense lawyer, Jose Baez said in a statement Wednesday morning. “There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible. Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence. Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death. We request that authorities conduct a transparent and thorough investigation.”

It added: “The Baez Law Firm will participate in its own examination into this tragic event and update the media and public on its findings when they become available.”

This comes after Hernandez’s former agent Brian Murphy said there’s no chance he committed suicide.

“Absolutely no chance he took his own life,” Brian Murphy tweeted. “Chico was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life.”

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Bristol County Sheriff on Kirk & Callahan: Aaron Hernandez had ‘sociopathic tendencies’

04.19.17 at 11:14 am ET
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Aaron Hernandez was acquitted on double murder charges Friday. (Pool photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Aaron Hernandez was acquitted on double murder charges Friday. (Pool photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson possesses unique insight into Aaron Hernandez. The ex-NFL star was housed at the Bristol County House of Corrections for nearly two years, before he was transferred to the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass. shortly after he was charged with first-degree murder in the 2013 Odin Lloyd shooting.

In an interview with Kirk & Callahan Wednesday, Hodgson said he spotted sociopathic tendencies in Hernandez, who law enforcement says committed suicide in his prison cell Wednesday morning.

“I’ve always sort of known Aaron Hernandez to be somebody who’s been able to completely control –– almost like a mental trap –– things that he let in and let out,” he said. “I’m wondering, and of course I’m not a psychologist –– I don’t have any background in it –– I do think he had some sociopathic tendencies. For all of the time he was here, he never showed much in the way of emotion. It was always sort of very controlled. He was controlled about everything. He had a magnetic personality and knew how to use it to manipulate and get things. But more importantly, he just never really was allowing himself to feel any sort of emotion.”

The timing of Hernandez’s suicide is curious, considering he was acquitted five days ago on double murder charges. But Hodgson said he thinks the weight of the verdict may have broken Hernandez down.

“I just wonder if when that jury, because I remember saying to the special sheriff here when I saw the verdict, ‘I’m shocked to see him showing any emotion on this verdict.’ I wonder, and there’s a million theories, I wonder if in fact when that jury acquitted him, that that somehow created a vulnerability in that mental trap, whereby for maybe once in a long time, a group of people really believed in him or believed in the outcome of that verdict, which was a positive thing for him, and that may have been something that just –– who knows.”

Hodgson described Hernandez’s manipulative personality, saying he would attempt to goad guards into providing him with items he was barred from possessing. If Hernandez started calling guards by their first names, they would be removed from his unit.

“Aaron Hernandez was the best I’ve ever seen in terms of manipulating, being able to cajole, use his personality to sort of make you believe he was somebody very different,” Hodgson said.

Though Hernandez often didn’t express emotion, Hodgson said he encouraged the former Patriots tight end to reach out to his deceased father, who passed away in 2006. In the end, Hodgson explained Hernandez never appeared comfortable with his life as a professional football player.

“He never really could transition into the Patriots’ world. He wouldn’t go out to dinner with a guy like Brady or people like that, because he just didn’t fit in that world,” he said. “I think he used the Patriots as a way to raise his stature in the real world that he always lived in. That was just a means by which he could –– you know, he made money and of course he could elevate himself in his real world –– which was very different from the professional football world.”

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Aaron Hernandez’s former agent: ‘No chance’ Hernandez committed suicide

04.19.17 at 10:07 am ET
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Massachusetts Department of Correction says Hernandez committed suicide Wednesday morning. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Massachusetts Department of Correction says Hernandez committed suicide Wednesday morning. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez’s former agent doesn’t believe Hernandez killed himself in prison Wednesday morning.

“Absolutely no chance he took his own life,” Brian Murphy tweeted. “Chico was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life.”

In a statement, the Massachusetts Department of Correction said Hernandez was found hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass. at 3:05 a.m. He was transported to UMass Leominster Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.

“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” the statement reads. “Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”

Jose Baez, the lawyer who successfully cleared Hernandez in the 2012 fatal drive-by shooting of two men in Boston, also reportedly doubts the DOC’s findings. According to TMZ, Baez believes other inmates or prison guards could’ve murdered the former Patriots tight end.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the 2013 Odin Lloyd shooting.

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Tom Brady will not attend White House ceremony due to ‘personal family matters’

04.19.17 at 9:53 am ET
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Tom Brady will not be at the White House Wednesday. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady will not be at the White House Wednesday. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots will be visiting the White House on Wednesday to be honored for winning Super Bowl LI, but Tom Brady will not be attending.

The quarterback gave a statement to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

“I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today,” Brady wrote. “Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all very proud of and will be for years to come. Thank you to the President for hosting this honorary celebration and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember.

“In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters. Hopefully, if we accomplish the goal of winning a championship in future years, we will be back on the South Lawn again soon. Have a great day!”

Reiss added Brady’s mother Galynn, who has been battling an illness for some time which forced her to attend only one game this season, is in Boston.

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Aaron Hernandez commits suicide in prison, dead at age 27

04.19.17 at 6:39 am ET
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Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in prison early Wednesday morning. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in prison early Wednesday morning, the the Department of Correction confirmed.

According to the Department of Correction, Hernandez was discovered hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts at approximately 3:05 a.m.

“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” the statement read. “Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”

He was transported to UMass Leominster Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. Wednesday morning.

This comes five days after he was acquitted of a double-murder outside a Boston night club in 2012. He was serving a life without parole sentence for murdering Odin Lloyd in 2013.

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Alan Branch details why he will not visit White House Wednesday

04.18.17 at 8:46 pm ET
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Alan Branch explained why he will not be going to the White House. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Alan Branch explained why he will not be going to the White House. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots will be visiting the White House and Donald Trump on Wednesday, but several players have already made it known they will not be going.

Defensive tackle Alan Branch is one of those players and he shared for the first time exactly why he will not be going to the Boston Globe’s Annie Linskey.

“I wouldn’t spend time away from my family to shake the hand of a guy I wouldn’t want to meet with or talk to,” Branch said. “I can’t see myself going and then hanging out with my kids and pretending everything was all right.”

Branch was offended by President Trump’s sexist comments caught on an Access Hollywood video. He also didn’t like Trump’s “locker-room banter” line.

“I’ve never heard nor talked like that in my life in a locker room, and my 11th season is coming up,” he said. “The way he talked, so aggressively, I’ve just never heard that. I am uncomfortable with that.”

Branch isn’t the only player not going.

Dont’a Hightower, Chris Long, Martellus Bennett, LeGarrette Blount and Devin McCourty have all said they will not be attending.

“What I would say is, I mean, I’d say we’re honored and humbled to be extended the invitation to the White House,” Nick Caserio said Tuesday. “It’s a great opportunity for the team to be recognized for the accomplishments of last season. I think we’re respectful of players and their individual positions. Everybody has their own personal beliefs and feelings on it, but I think it’s important – I mean it’s a great opportunity. People have gone in the past. People haven’t gone in the past.

“I think everybody’s situation – I mean I would say for my staff some guys haven’t been before so this is a great opportunity to be honored, and rewarded and recognized for the accomplishments of what the team did last year, which nobody can take away from us.”

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