Las Vegas Raiders’ defensive end Chandler Jones, recently shared an emotional moment on Instagram Live as he delved into the controversial circumstances surrounding the tragic death of his former New England Patriots teammate, Aaron Hernandez, in 2017.
In a candid discussion, Jones expressed his doubts about the official suicide ruling while shedding light on some compelling details surrounding the case.
During his Instagram Live session, Chandler Jones couldn’t hide his emotions as he raised questions about whether Aaron Hernandez had taken his own life while incarcerated. Jones asked his viewers, “Y’all thought Chico [Hernandez] killed himself in jail?” This inquiry marked the beginning of a heartfelt conversation on a sensitive topic.
This is concerning: Chandler Jones did a live broadcast and started uncontrollably crying after saying Aaron Hernandez didn’t kill himself in jail.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 28, 2023
Hopefully someone finds a way to help him soon 🙏pic.twitter.com/GbXR5GhkbB
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Adding to the intrigue, Fred Taylor, another former teammate of Hernandez, came forward to cast doubt on the suicide report. He revealed that he had spoken with Hernandez over the phone on the day before his untimely passing, and during that conversation, Hernandez appeared to be in good spirits. This raised doubts about the official cause of death.
Notably, Hernandez’s attorney, Jose Baez, had also initially questioned the suicide ruling. Baez later attributed Hernandez’s death to a severe form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). A study conducted by the Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center at Boston University revealed that Hernandez had reached stage 3 CTE, described by Baez as “the most severe case they had ever seen” in someone as young as 27.
#Raiders DE Chandler Jones wrote: "Get McDaniels the f**k outta Las Vegas", among other things in a barrage of tweets this morning.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 28, 2023
He also spoke about "Exposing" owner Mark Davis, told them not to send people to his "spot or they don't report back."
He also shared a… https://t.co/vw4e27EWVy pic.twitter.com/QVnZX0lSgB
In a twist, Chandler Jones stirred further controversy by accusing Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels of being involved in Hernandez’s fate. Jones made this allegation in a tweet that has since been deleted. McDaniels had previously served as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Patriots during Hernandez’s final season in the NFL in 2012.
In addition to his controversial tweet, Jones did not mince words when expressing his opinion about McDaniels. He referred to the Raiders’ head coach as a “cokehead” and demanded that he leave Las Vegas, proclaiming, “This my city.”
Chandler Jones also shared a direct message he received from the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), urging him to contact the Director of Player Wellness. However, Jones appeared hesitant to embrace this suggestion, raising further questions about his stance on the matter.