TMZ added an entirely new wrinkle to the ongoing Aaron Hernandez story when it posted a letter that the former New England Patriots star had supposedly written from within his jailhouse walls. The letter proclaimed his innocence, but it also begged the person it had been directed towards – an ex-convict named “Karl” – to keep the paper off of social media.
Obviously, that did not happen. Now the Boston Herald is reporting on exactly how much money it took to make the personal correspondence very, very public.
Sportsworld, Inc., a sports memorabilia company based in Saugus, Mass., sold the letter to the gossip site for a whopping $18,000.
Brendan Brennan is the manager of Sportswold. He and his store procured the note from someone else, so he reportedly had zero qualms with selling it to the highest bidder. That, of course, turned out to be TMZ.
“It wasn’t written to us, so we didn’t have to honor anything from that letter,” Brennan said.
Initial reports stated that the aforementioned Karl had reached out to Hernandez because he had been an inmate in the same Bristol County House of Correction that Hernandez now finds himself in.
This price tag raises the question of whether or not Karl was in it for the money. The correspondence easily could have been between Hernandez and some guy looking to make a buck.
Hernandez is currently locked up in solitary confinement, and he may not have heard the news of how his letter went viral.
If he did, however, we should not be expecting very many more of them from him.
[H/T: Pro Football Talk]