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NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport once had an uncomfortable exchange with Aaron Hernandez .
The now-deceased former New England Patriots tight end once threatened the NFL insider while they had a casual conversation in the team’s locker room, Rapoport shared with the Monday Morning Quarterback days after Hernandez committed suicide in his prison cell.
“When we first exchanged numbers, he called me over and said, ‘Hey I just want you to know, you’re my guy. If you need anything let me know, I will help you out if I can. But I just want you to know, if you f— me over, I’ll kill you,'” Rapoport told MMQ. “I sort of laughed a little bit, and I said, ‘Don’t worry, I got you, I’ll take care of you.'”
Rapoport may have laughed it off, but he gave no indication that Hernandez, who would later serve a life sentence for murder, was joking.
“It was me and this other reporter from CBS Sports, WIlliam Bendetson, and he was standing there and had listened and we kind of turned to each other and both laughed,” Rapoport said. “And then the first text I got after it became clear that Hernandez was the suspect in the murder investigation was from William Bendetson, who was like, ‘Hey remember that day in the locker room?'”
Hernandez’s family has arranged for researchers at Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center to take custody of the brain for study.
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