Aaron Hernandez’s Life in Prison Marked by Fights, Shivs

New reports illuminate late NFL star's troubled time behind bars.

Former New England Patriots Player Aaron Hernandez Led Violent Life in Prison Before Death
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez sits at the defense table during his double murder trial at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston on Mar. 2, 2017.(Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Troubled former New England Patriots’ player Aaron Hernandez—who committed suicide last month in prison, where he was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction—apparently couldn’t escape the violence that marked much of his adulthood. Even behind bars.

Per a new report from CNN, at one point after his murder conviction, Hernandez barricaded his cell door and became “agitated and insolent” when a corrections officer stopped by to check him for signs of fighting. (The officer found red marks on Hernandez’s knuckles and elbow.) After getting a medical exam, Hernandez became insolent again, apparently screaming, “Prison ain’t s— to me!”

It turned out that Hernandez had been involved in three fistfights, obtained two prison tattoos, and was in “possession of a nearly six-inch metal shiv,” notes CNN.

This and more is part of a disciplinary record CNN obtained, outlining the months before Hernandez’s suicide.

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