The brother of late NFL star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez was arrested last week after he reportedly threw a brick with a threatening note attached to it at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, TMZ reports.
Authorities say Dennis “D.J.” Hernandez arrived at the famed ESPN campus around 3 p.m. on March 23 after cops were called to perform a welfare check on D.J., according to police documents.
Aaron Hernandez’s Brother Arrested For Throwing Brick Through ESPN Window
The 36-year-old allegedly stated he wanted to smash out windows at the State Capital and at ESPN.
Security at the sports network told police an Uber had arrived at one of their gates, but was turned away, prompting the passenger to get out of the car and throw something before getting back into the vehicle and fleeing.
Authorities investigated the object and learned it was a large brick in a white plastic bag, containing a handwritten note.
Dennis Hernandez was arrested last week after allegedly throwing a brick at ESPN's headquarters in Bristol. https://t.co/gCMtxJDFJ3
— WFSB Channel 3 (@WFSBnews) March 28, 2023
Handwritten Note Affixed To Brick Calls Out “All Media Outlets” For Affecting Family Members
“To all media outlets,” cops say the message read. “It’s about time you all realeyes the affect media has on all family members. Since you’re a world wide leader maybe you could lead how media and messages are delivered brick by brick. Clean it up!”
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Cops then spoke to a security guard who witnessed the incident, who told them they were “90 percent positive” that the man who threw it was D.J., Aaron’s older brother and a former Division 1 football player.
They eventually located D.J., who admitted to being at ESPN but “didn’t wish to speak about the incident.”
Aaron Hernandez's Old Brother, Dennis D.J. Hernandez Arrested For Throwing a Brick at ESPN Headquarters; Here is What DJ Said to The World Wide Leader in a Handwritten Not Attached to the Brick https://t.co/dd6soMlBkp pic.twitter.com/m4Bkwb3Y5L
— Robert Littal BSO (@BSO) March 27, 2023
D.J. Hernandez No Longer Allowed At ESPN Campus, Charged With Misdemeanor Breach Of Peace
He was arrested and charged with misdemeanor breach of peace, however he was released on a promise to appear in court next month.
He’s no longer welcome at ESPN offices and will be arrested for trespassing should he return, according to the outlet.
The older of the two Hernandez brother grew up with Aaron in Bristol. and chose to go by his middle name Jonathan following his brother’s murder case.
D.J. later wrote a book about Aaron, “The Truth About Aaron: My Journey to Understand My Brother,” after the former New England Patriots star’s hung himself in the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.