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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