Aaron Hernandez may be cheering for a New England Patriots win but he won't be watching the game. ESPN reported on Jan. 17 that Hernandez is not allowed to watch the Patriots game or any television at all.
Other inmates are allowed to watch an hour of the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. Hernandez is not receiving any special punishment but is not allowed television because of his special circumstances. He is incarcerated at the Bristol County House of Correction in North Dartmouth, Mass. in a special-management unit. He stays in his cell for 21-hours per day and is allowed out for three 1-hour breaks each day where he can go to an outdoor area by himself.
Hernandez has asked his legal counsel for permission to watch television, probably so he can see the games, but this is not part of the protocol for those staying in the special-management unit. He has been housed in this manner for his own protection.
Aaron Hernandez is also being looked at as a possible suspect in a 2012 double homicide in Boston. Although no formal charges have been filed at this time, police are investigating Hernandez' possible involvement in the killings of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado.