Aaron Hernandez got into a fight with another inmate Tuesday at the Massachusetts jail where he has been held since his arrest in June, according to people with knowledge of the incident.
Hernandez, a Bristol native and former player with the New England Patriots, is being held without bail at the Bristol County House of Corrections in Dartmouth, Mass., charged with murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd, a Dorchester man, was romantically involved with the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.
The former NFL star was placed in protective custody last June, and the Bristol County Sheriff's Department has said they isolated Hernandez to protect him from those who may target him because of the high profile nature of his case.
Sources said the other inmate involved in the altercation had been verbally harassing Hernandez in recent weeks. When correctional officers were moving Hernandez from one part of the jail to another Tuesday, the former Patriot tight end got within striking range and hit the inmate who had been taunting him, sources said. Neither suffered serious injuries.
Inmate disciplinary records are not public record, so it is not clear whether Tuesday's incident was the former Patriot's first brush with trouble during his incarceration. Sources could not provide information about the other inmate involved in the skirmish.
Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, the Bristol men who authorities say were with Hernandez when he killed Lloyd, are being held at different jails in Massachusetts. Both are charged with accessory after the fact to murder.
Hernandez was indicted for murder and five illegal weapons counts, and also is a suspect in a 2012 double homicide in Boston. Alexander Bradley, the East Hartford man who was with Hernandez the night of the Boston shooting, has filed a civil lawsuit in Florida accusing Hernandez of shooting him in the eye in February 2013.
Bradley was arrested this month after he allegedly shot up the front of a Hartford nightclub. Citing Bradley's incarceration, attorneys for both men Tuesday filed a joint motion asking the court to put civil proceedings on hold for four months.