Aaron Hernandez reportedly being kept from general prison population for his safety

Aaron Hernandez asked for a bail appeal, and even though the chances of him winning that appeal seemed slim, it's easy to see why he doesn't want to bide his time in prison before his murder trial.

Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end who was charged with murder last week, is being kept from the rest of the inmates because there is concern for his safety, TMZ Sports reported. Hernandez's bail appeal was denied last Thursday, and he is still being held without bail.

Already we had heard that prison officials were checking Hernandez's tattoos for any signs of gang affiliation. With his celebrity status and the high profile nature of the case, his safety certainly has to be an issue for the jail.

TMZ said that Hernandez is being held in the medical wing. He is allowed out of his cell for one hour a day. TMZ said jail officials have been meeting to decide whether to eventually put Hernandez with the general prison population or in a "more segregated environment."

It could be months before Hernandez's trial is heard.

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