Although he may have already been found guilty in the court of public perception, ex-Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is clinging to his claims of innocence; even from inside a cell.
Gossip super-site TMZ recently obtained an undated letter, written by Hernandez, in response to an encouraging note he received from a fan.
The letter, mailed from the Bristol County House of Correction in North Dartmouth where Hernandez is being held, acknowledges the "false accusations" against him, and contains a message for those Hernandez perceives to have turned their backs on him:
“The world just makes things out of false accusations and it will all die down especially when they say NOT GUILTY and all the people who turned on me will feel like crap,” Hernandez seethed, before acknowledging what a good person he has always been:
“I’ve always been a great person and known for having an amazing heart! I am a strong person and nothing will break me!”
While Hernandez’s strength on the football field was always evident, overcoming his current situation will require an entirely different type of strength, and he plans to rely on his relationship with the Lord.
I know there is a reason I'm going thru this and I will figure it out through my relationship with the Lord. I fell off especially after making all that money but when it's all said and done "GOD" put me in the situation for a reason!”
While police continue the search for the gun that was used in the murder Hernandez has been accused of, the tight end remains confident that he will return to the field in the future.
“I can't wait to sign this again when I'm playing again an prove all the haters an da talkers WRONG.”
Hernandez ended the response letter with a simple request that was obviously ignored:
“Keep this off social media PLEASE.”