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Aaron Hernandez still has fans in New England

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Bystanders chant and take pictures outside the entrance to the Fall River Justice Center after a bail hearing was held for former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez in Fall River Superior Court Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez, charged with murdering Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player, was denied bail. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


I’ve learned a lot about Aaron Hernandez in the last couple of weeks, and nothing I’ve learned has made me want to cheer for him. But some fans in New England still believe in the former Patriots tight end.

And so, as Hernandez was transported from jail to courtroom for a bail hearing today, and then as he was transported back to jail after a judge denied his bail request, Hernandez was greeted by cheering fans.

Some fans wore Hernandez jerseys. Some chanted, “Innocent! Innocent!” Some screamed his name as a police department van drove past, with the shackled Hernandez inside on his way to a court proceeding at which prosecutors would detail the evidence that he murdered Odin Lloyd.

When Hernandez goes on trial for first-degree murder, his attorneys can only hope they get one of those fans on the jury.