As the Massachusetts State police continue to investigate Aaron Hernandez's connection to a homicide in North Attleboro, Mass., a Connecticut man has filed a lawsuit in the state of Florida alleging that the New England Patriots tight end shot him in the face following an argument in mid-February.
Initially reported by TMZ.com, Alexander S. Bradley, an acquaintance of Hernandez, filed a lawsuit in South Florida district court on June 13 alleging that, following an argument at a Miami strip club, a gun — possessed illegally by Hernandez — was pointed at Bradley and discharged while the two men were driving from Miami to Palm Beach, Fla.
According to the complaint, a copy of which you can read below, Bradley suffered bodily injury, including the loss of his right eye. The suit alleges that Bradley has begun what will be a series of reconstructive surgeries to his face and that he has sustained additional injuries caused by this incident that "will require extensive medical care and treatment for the rest of his life".
The lawsuit was withdrawn on Monday, June 17, but Mike Garafolo of the USA Today reports that Bradley's counsel claims there was a paperwork error. David Jaroslawicz, co-counsel for Bradley, told Garafolo that the suit will be refiled on Wednesday.
Bradley is seeking damages in excess of $100,000 from Hernandez, who signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract extension with the Patriots last August that contained over $16 million in guaranteed money, mostly in the form of a $12.5 million signing bonus. According to a source with knowledge of Hernandez's contract extension, payments totaling more than 50 percent of that signing bonus were deferred to future years, however, $9.25 million was doled out between Aug. 27, 2012 and March 31, 2013. The final $3.25 million is not scheduled to be paid until March 31, 2014.
As for why Hernandez was not charged in that February incident, Jaroslawicz tells USA Today that his client was in the hospital for weeks and said that he was "sure the police were there". A spokesman for Miami-Dade police were checking to see if a police report was filed.
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