One day after police first arrived at the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez to question him about the possible murder of one his associates, news broke of a lawsuit filed by a Connecticut man claiming Hernandez shot him in the face in February.
A complaint filed last Thursday in a South Florida district court by attorneys for Alexander S. Bradley alleges Hernandez aimed a gun at the plaintiff and discharged the weapon as the two were in a vehicle traveling from Miami toward Palm Beach, Fla., on or about February 13.
According to the complaint, the two men had an argument in Tootsie's, a strip club in Miami.
Bradley's attorneys allege Hernandez, who attended the University of Florida, was not legally licensed to carry the firearm, which they claim he pointed at Bradley. The complaint alleges Bradley has lost his right eye and has undergone multiple surgeries around his right eye to reconstruct that part of his face. Bradley is seeking damages in excess of $100,000.
The lawsuit was withdrawn on Monday, but David Jaroslawicz, one of the attorneys for Bradley, told USA TODAY Sports that was due to an error in paperwork and that the lawsuit will be refiled Wednesday.
"We don't know whether it was accidental or deliberate," Jaroslawicz said when asked how and why the gun was allegedly discharged. "If we get to take Mr. Hernandez's testimony, perhaps he will tell us he accidentally pulled the trigger or maybe he did it on purpose."
Hernandez was issued a summons to answer the complaint.
Asked whether he's in possession of a police report, Jaroslawicz declined to provide that information. He said his client was in the hospital for weeks and "I'm sure the police were there."
A spokesman for Miami-Dade police said he was checking to see if a report was filed on the incident. The complaint does not state precisely where the incident occurred or whether police responded.
According to the complaint, Bradley is slated to undergo future surgeries; has had trouble eating; is experiencing "pain and twitches; jaw pain; headaches and difficulty eating." The complaint stated Bradley also suffered an "injury to his right dominant hand and arm, requiring surgery with plates and screws."
Representatives for Hernandez have had no comment on this lawsuit as well as the North Attleborough, Mass. police investigation into the possible murder of his associate.