December 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals safety Reggie Nelson (20) celebrates after an interception in the end zone during the fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. The Bengals won 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Latest on Reggie Nelson’s Involvement with Aaron Hernandez, ’07 Shooting

In case you missed it, Cincinnati Bengals safety Reggie Nelson is being linked to a 2007 shooting incident in Gainesville, Florida involving former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez, and the incident occurred while the two were teammates for the University of Florida Gators. 

The original Gainesville police report is available online. Nelson is first mentioned on page 5 of the report, which is cited here:

Cason advised me that when the suspect stepped up to the Crown Victoria and started to shoot, there was another black male with him.
Cason stated that the second suspect`s name was Reggie Nelson. Cason advised that after the shots were fired both suspects ran north
through the west side parking lot of the Holiday Inn. Cason advised that the incident was part of an ongoing dispute between the suspects
and Cason`s brother. Cason advised that there had been a confrontation with the suspects earlier that night at a club downtown. Cason
advised that he believed that she suspects had been driving Nelson`s black GMC Tahoe (FL tag GTP3R).


Nelson and several other Florida Gators players were questioned after a 2007 shooting, but no one was ever charged in the shooting and it remains an open case.

Hernandez was also reportedly involved in a 2007 bar fight and burst a man’s eardrum with a punch. Investigators also consider Hernandez a possible suspect in a 2012 double murder that occurred in Boston.

It’s unfortunate that Nelson’s name has been brought up, and while he probably won’t be in any trouble with the NFL or law enforcement officials, he could be asked to testify in court due to his prior association with Hernandez. We’ll keep you posted on any updates that come out.


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  • Quintin Salley

    I personally attended high school with Reggie at Palm Bay. Although i wasn’t “best buds” with him, i did get the chance to play spring ball with him and hang with him before he went on to UF. I can honestly say that there is a reason Reggie wasn’t charged w/ anything in the 07 incident, and the reason is he had no involvement. Reggie Nelson’s number 1 priority for every second of every day was to do every possible thing he could to get to the next level and although he was most definitely a hot head who wouldn’t think twice to knock someone’s teeth in if they crossed him, his family, or anyone he considered family, he would never involve himself in a shooting that 1: was “over a stolen chain.” He’d just buy a new one for his bud and say forget it. 2: Right after he became a graduate of UF and an NFL football player. (1st rounder w/ a nice contract $$) and 3: About a year after Nelson’s mother died. He can credit most of his willpower and dedication throughout his life to his mother, and wouldn’t think about destroying something that important to both her and himself. And last but not least This is the same guy who, when a younger “teammate” of mine was jumped and went straight home to get a pistol and back to PBH, was the number one reason this kid didn’t end up spending the rest of his life in prison for murder, and that our HS wasn’t added to the list of school shootings in the US. Reggie basically said that shooting somebody would only make him a coward and a p**** who couldn’t take a few punches, and a real man would go back and serve an a** beating with less than he took his with. I personally saw my “teammate” beat the crap out of 3 punks while Reggie and a few other varsity players made sure nobody interfered. So to tell me that 4 years of college, a nice paycheck, and his mother passing changed him into a thug who involves himself with attempted murders over chains that cost less than his shoes probably do, is freakin nuts. Hernandez will have to pay if he did in fact commit the crime he’s accused of, and thats where it should stay. I hope everyone who takes this story of a shaken up witness who, when all was said and done, admitted he made a mistake in identifying Reggie in the crime, and tries to turn it into a bunch of media BS, realizes how much crap they’re filled with, and just sits down, shuts up, and lets Reggie go out and play some freakin football. And bust some receivers heads while he’s at it:)