DJ Hernandez, brother of Aaron Hernandez, justifiably with blinders on

DJ Hernandez, the brother of alleged murderer Aaron Hernandez, was a team captain at UConn.
DJ Hernandez, the brother of alleged murderer Aaron Hernandez, was a team captain at UConn.

As outlined in the detailed Rolling Stone piece this week on former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, DJ Hernandez – Aaron’s older brother – became the new father figure in Aaron’s life after their true father, Dennis, passed away in 2006.

Rolling Stone: “Friends say DJ was fiercely protective of his happy-go-lucky lug of a kid brother, and taught him what hard work really looked like. They’d be out running suicides in the dead of summer, and rising early to do squats in the basement.

“Aaron was driven by DJ, who was like his second dad,’ said Brandon Beam. “He really wanted to make Dennis happy.”

DJ Hernandez has been silent regarding his brother since the day police cars first showed up in Aaron’s North Attleboro driveway. He is now a graduate assistant at Iowa State, learning under Bill Belichick’s old pal Kirk Ferentz. Ferentz has said he does not regret hiring DJ as a coach.

“I’ve talked to DJ several times,” Ferentz said in July. “It’s first of all a very highly-visible thing and it’s his brother. If any of us put ourselves in his shoes, you can just imagine the gamut of emotions that’s he’s going through.”

According to HawkCentral.com, DJ was nearly involved in a brawl in Connecticut in late June when a customer at a restaurant mistakenly thought DJ was Aaron.

“I talked to him about it, and as far as I know, he did the proper thing,” Ferentz said, according to the website.

The former UConn quarterback and wide receiver has been active on Twitter since his brother was first linked to the murder of Odin Lloyd on June 17 and the day he was arrested on June 26, mostly tweeting out messages regarding the anticipation of the Iowa State football season and often tweeting out messages of inspiration.

 June 17: “Today You Can Do What Others Won’t, So That Tomorrow You Can Do What Others Can’t” ‪#IowaFootball ‪#Passion ‪#SelfMotivation ‪#GetItDone

June 24: RT @DailyWooden: “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you”. ‪#fb

July 6: Cookout 2day with the family. Lookin forward to seeing every1, eating some gd food, & catchin up in this amazing heat. ‪#Family ‪#Luv ‪#Summer

July 14: RT Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. -Paul Coffey

July 18: Nothing Beats Watching Grease On TV & Being Sneezed On By Your Mothers Ugly Dog With An Underbite. ‪#UglyDogs ‪#Wheat ‪#DogSnotsOnMyFace

July 19: RT Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. -John Wooden

July 19: Can’t Wait, Fall Camp Is Just Around The Corner. ‪#CollegeFootball ‪#2013Season ‪#Hawkeyes ‪#TheJourney ‪#HawkeyeFans ‪#Gameday

July 24: Great vaca with the family in CT, I’m excited to see the Hawkeye Football Family in the AM. ‪#IowaFootball ‪#Family ‪#HardWork ‪#2013Season

July 25: I Have Heard Amazing Things About Our Home Atmosphere. Cant Wait To Hear The Noise From The Best Fan Base In The Country. ‪#HawkeyeNation

July 27: Just received this Pic my mother took at the LakeHouse of Me & my love. My Niece Is Beautiful. ‪#Niece ‪#Family ‪#Love ‪pic.twitter.com/KQcmyazUnI

July 31: RT “People who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those who are doing it.” – George Bernard Shaw

Aug. 21: Watching Connecticut VS Cali little league baseball on ESPN. Rooting for my home state. ‪#CT

Follow Metro Boston sports editor and columnist Matt Burke on Twitter @BurkeMetroBOS


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

NHL

Rangers' speed versus Flyers' size makes interesting playoff…

Among the myriad aspects that will make this Metropolitan Division semifinal series fascinating will be the battle between the Rangers' speed and the Flyers' size,…

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.