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Aaron Hernandez has been ‘nothing but perfect’ in jail, per Bristol County sheriff

07.16.13 at 12:56 pm ET
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Day-to-day life, it seems, is no longer glorious for Aaron Hernandez — far from it.

But he seems to be handling it well, according to a Boston Globe report from Stan Grossfeld Tuesday detailing what life is like for Hernandez, the former Patriots tight end charged with the first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd. Bristol County sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson said Hernandez is respectful, “presents well,” and has “been nothing but perfect” during his stay at the Bristol County House of Correction.

That said, he doesn’t get any special treatment, either. Hernandez, who stands at 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds, has made one request since his arrival — for more protein in his diet — but it was denied.

“I met with him when he first came in to lay the rules out,” Hodgson told Grossfeld. “I said, ‘Here’s the deal. You won’t be treated any better or worse or get any special privileges here. If you have any issues or problems, tell command.’ He was very polite and very respectful. He didn’t seem nervous, he seemed very comfortable.”

Hernandez, kept away from other inmates who may try to harm him in an attempt to improve their stature among their peers, lives alone in a 7-foot-by-10-foot cell and sleeps on an inch-thick mattress. There is no air conditioning and no television. The three small windows offer a view of a barbed-wire fence and woods.

The day begins with a 6 a.m. breakfast of one egg and grits, plus a muffin and milk or Tang. Hernandez has to make his bed by 8 — then keep his cell tidy all day — and gets to leave for three one-hour periods per day, one of which he uses for a workout consisting mostly of sit-ups and push-ups. That takes place outside, in a small fenced pen. He sometimes spends his hours reading, and the lights go out by 11 p.m.

His dark green uniform is reminiscent of New York Jets attire, but life is anything like it was on the gridiron.

“Every Sunday he went into a stadium where thousands of people cheered him and revered him,’’ Hodgson said to the Globe. “In an instant he walks through our door, gets a new uniform, a longer number, and nobody’s cheering for him.”

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