Dennis John Hernandez, brother of former NFL player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez, was arrested on Thursday after allegedly throwing a plastic bag containing a brick and a concerning message at ESPN’s headquarters.
The 36-year-old was taken into custody by the Bristol Police Department and is being charged with a second-degree breach of peace. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 6. Law enforcement involved in the case relayed that the incident “caused inconvenience and alarm to ESPN and their staff,” and had to “shut down a portion of campus due to the unknown nature of the incident.”
The Hartford Courant also alleged that the perpetrator threw the brick after being denied an appointment with an unidentified individual who worked at the company.
According to media outlets, Hernandez’s message read, “To all media outlets, it’s about time you [realize] the [effect] media has on all family members. Since you’re a [world] wide leader, maybe you could lead how media and messages are delivered brick by brick. Clean it up.”
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Since Hernandez’s brother passed away, he has been outspoken about his brother’s murder conviction. In 2018, he released the book The Truth About Aaron: My Journey to Understand My Brother which discussed the side of Aaron Hernandez that the world didn’t see.
“I wanted to tell his story so that people could understand who my brother was,” he told PEOPLE Magazine at the time. “He had a lot of things happen, both good and bad. People think they know about my brother, but they really don’t. They know what they saw in the news, but they don’t know all the struggles he faced.”
Dennis Hernandez faces legal trouble for leading police on a car chase
This is also not the first involvement with law enforcement Dennis has faced within the last month. Less than three weeks ago, he allegedly outdrove police by driving erratically and speeding. Per his own mother, she believes her son is “acting very strange” and believes he “needed to be mentally evaluated at a hospital.”
On top of his April 6th court date, Hernandez is expected to appear in court on April 13 for charges of reckless driving, engaging police in pursuit, failure to drive to the right, failure to maintain lane, and failure to obey a traffic control signal, per police reports.
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