Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez tipster revealed as woman who sent him sexually explicit letters
|08.04.15 at 7:58 am ET|
AROUND THE WEB:
— The anonymous tipster who reached out to Aaron Hernandez‘s lawyers and claimed a member of the jury hid information is a woman who wrote sexually explicit letters to the imprisoned former Patriot, the prosecution said in a filing released Monday.
Prosecutor William McCauley called the bid by Hernandez’s lawyer to pursue the woman’s tip an “unwarranted fishing expedition.”
According to Hernandez’s defense team, the woman called multiple times after Hernandez was convicted of first degree murder in April and claimed that one of the jurors was a co-worker who hid the fact that they had information about Hernandez’s 2012 double-murder case.
The prosecution says the woman, whose father served time in jail with Hernandez, does not in fact work with the juror — and made other comments that are not truthful. The prosecution admitted the woman has had extensive contact with Hernandez, but still suggests the information she has is worth pursing.
Hernandez is engaged to Shayanna Jenkins, with whom he has a young daughter. According to the Providence Journal, Jenkins was wearing a wedding band and an engagement ring Monday. Now living in Rhode Island, Jenkins has petitioned a probate court in that state to add the surname Hernandez to her name to match the surname of her daughter, Avielle Jenkins-Hernandez.
Hernandez, who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, is awaiting trial in the double-murder case, to which he has pleaded not guilty.
— The father of the 9-year-old bat boy from Kansas who died Sunday after being hit in the head by a bat a day earlier spoke Monday of Kaiser Carlile’s happiness being a part of the team and expressed no hard feelings for the accident.
“There is no kind of remorse or anger towards what happened,” Chad Carlile said at a press conference with the team. “This is something that obviously was a tragedy. I want … no bad comments. Nothing bad. I mean, this is all for the good. If anyone can gain anything out of this it’s the fact that he was happy. He loved it, and the team we are obviously for loved him as well.”
Kaiser, who was working for the Liberal Bee Jays at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas, was retrieving a bat after an out when the batter in the on-deck circle swung and hit the boy in the back of the head on his follow-through.
With the parents’ support, the team has continued to play in the tournament, which suspended the use of bat boys and girls.
Bee Jays manager Adam Anderson said Kaiser’s death hit his team hard, but the support the players and coaches have received from around the world has helped them persevere.
“My biggest message to them is nobody is going through this alone,” Anderson said. “We’re here to support each other and support Kaiser’s family. This is not one person’s burden to bear. We’ll have to bear it together.”
— UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will play herself in the film adaption of her autobiography, “My Fight/Your Fight,” Paramount Pictures announced Monday.
Rousey has appeared in a few movies already, including “Furious 7″ and “Entourage.”
Rousey is 12-0 after Saturday’s 34-second victory over Brazilian Bethe Correia in Rio de Janeiro. She is expected to make her seventh title defense later this year against Miesha Tate.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 4, 2001, which outfielder joined Nomar Garciaparra as the only Red Sox to have multi-home run games on their birthday when he hit two homers in a 10-4 victory over the Indians?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was a genius PR effort by the NFL start to finish, beginning with 11 of 12 footballs two pounds under the minimum and ending with the ‘Tom Brady destroyed his cellphone,’ masterfully handed to Stephen A. Smith last Tuesday morning.” — Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, during an appearance on Monday’s Dennis & Callahan show, discussing the league’s efforts to discredit Tom Brady and the Patriots
STAT OF THE DAY: $200 million — Reported amount of the 13-year contract offer Adidas made to Rockets guard James Harden, whose Nike contract recently expired
Indians center field Michael Bourn leaps over the fence to steal a home run from the Angels.
Adrian Beltre hits a home run in the fifth inning to complete his third career cycle.
Diamondbacks right fielder Ender Inciarte barehands a bloop single and fires to second for a forceout against the Nationals.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Troy O’Leary
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Paul Reynolds, former lead guitarist for A Flock of Seagulls, was born on this day in 1962. He’s the one with the glasses.
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