WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- A brawl broke out early Saturday morning after someone shouted Aaron Hernandez's name to a diner patron who police said may have been the brother of the troubled former New England Patriots player.
“It was determined that the fight started over a mistaken identity,' said Lt. Frank Fallon in a news release. “Someone thought they had seen Aaron Hernandez and shouted out ' Hey, Aaron Hernandez.' Immediately after someone yelled ' shut the (expletive) up!' That is when the altercation started.'
Hernandez was arrested last week and charged with the murder of semipro football player Odin Lloyd in Massachusetts. He was cut by the Patriots after he was arrested.
Police were not able to confirm if the man at the diner was in fact Hernandez's brother, D.J., a former UConn football player who is now an assistant coach at the University of Iowa. Both Hernandez brothers are from Bristol.
Three men were arrested after the fight and charged with third-degree assault, breach of peace and third-degree criminal mischief. All three were released after posting bond.
Fallon said police later learned that Aaron Hernandez's brother might have been sitting at a table with Lopez and Miller, but was not involved in the altercation. He was not at the diner when police arrived and was neither located nor interviewed.