On Monday, a handful of media reports identified Kyle Kennedy as Aaron Hernandez‘s alleged prison lover and the possible recipient of one of the three suicide notes Hernandez left. Kennedy has since released a statement.
Newsweek released a report suggesting that a potential motive behind Hernandez’s killing of Odin Lloyd was to conceal his bisexuality. Earlier this week, Hernandez’s lawyer Jose Baez said that any claims about the former New England Patriots star being gay are untrue.
“Rumors of letters to a gay lover, in or out of prison, are false. These are malicious leaks used to tarnish somebody who is dead,” Baez told TMZ Sports.
Statement from Aaron Hernandez attorney Jose Baez on Kyle Kennedy. pic.twitter.com/dYFkeHb7s7
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Now, Kennedy and his family have issued their own statements regarding Hernandez’s suicide.
Kennedy’s family’s statement reads: “Our thoughts right now are with Aaron Hernandez’s family, as well as our son. We understand the broad public interest in this case, but we ask for privacy as we learn the facts.”
Here’s Kennedy’s own statement via his attorney:
“My client is obviously saddened by the loss of his friend, Aaron Hernandez. I met with him briefly today at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center and I am just learning the facts surrounding the situation.”
“The facts are that my client and Mr. Hernandez were not cellmates. Mr. Hernandez was housed in a single cell.”
“Also, a letter was left to me client but neither I, nor my client, have seen the letter. We will be requesting that the letter be turned over to my client as soon as possible.”
“Lastly, my client is no longer on suicide watch. The decision to move him to a protective unit was a standard precaution, but my client did not and has not exhibited any dangerous or risky behavior as a result of this situation. I will be meeting with Kyle more in the coming days and will provide updates as information develops.”
Inmate Kyle Kennedy releases statement in regard to Aaron Hernandez. Kennedy's an inmate at prison where Hernandez was serving life sentence pic.twitter.com/NG1EjXdqGV
— AndreaWBZ (@AndreaWBZ) April 24, 2017
Aaron Josef Hernandez was an American football tight end. Hernandez played college football at the University of Florida, where he was a member of a BCS National Championship team and was recognized as an All-American. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, but was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd on June 26, 2013.
In April 2015, Hernandez was sentenced to life without parole for the murder. In April 2017, he committed suicide in his cell.