Former New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes on Super Bowl Sunday tweeted a throwback photo of himself and then-teammate Aaron Hernandez, who committed suicide in April 2017 while serving a life sentence in jail for first-degree murder.
The photo showed Spike and Hernandez before the Patriots’ 17-21 loss against the New York Giants for the 2012 Super Bowl.
Spike and Hernandez played football together at the University of Florida before their time with the Patriots, Boston.com reported.
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Hernandez was found guilty in 2015 for the 2013 killing of Boston semi-pro football player Odin L. Lloyd. The 27-year-old was found dead in his Massachusetts prison cell on April 19, 2017. His death was ruled a suicide. Hernandez was serving life in prison but had been acquitted of another murder just days before his death.
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Hernandez’s trial and suicide was the subject of the Oxygen docu-series titled, “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered.” Jose Baez, the lead defense attorney in Hernandez’s case, insisted his client was innocent.