January 14, 2014 Updated: January 14, 2014 at 10:21 am
It was “game on” Saturday night for the general population at the Bristol County House of Correction in North Dartmouth — but it was quiet time for segregated detainee Aaron Hernandez, whose stellar six pass receptions for 85 yards helped propel the Patriots into the AFC Championship one year ago today.
If you found yourself wondering Saturday if the tight-end-turned-accused-killer was cheering his scene-stealing successor LeGarrette Blount across the goal line, the answer is “No,” Bristol Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson told the Herald yesterday. “He’s not allowed to watch any TV.”
Hodgson said prisoners spread over two tiers in general population were permitted to watch one hour of the AFC Divisional Round match that ended with the Pats kicking the Indianapolis Colts to the curb, 43-22. But Hernandez, for security reasons, is housed in a special-management unit, where he’s confined to his cell 21 hours a day. And per Hodgson’s order, no cell comes equipped with its own flat screen.
“It’s jail,” he said. “It’s all about standards and sending a message.”