An attorney for prisoner Kyle Kennedy held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to shed some more details about the relationship his client supposedly had with former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez. The attorney, Lawrence Army Jr., made statements earlier this week claiming one of the three suicide notes left by Hernandez was intended for his client.
Speaking Wednesday on behalf of Kennedy, Army said his client and Hernandez were "close friends" who "spent a great deal of time together in prison." There have been rumors speculating that Kennedy, or another prison inmate, was Hernandez's "prison boyfriend." Hernandez's attorney denied that talk this week, but Army refused to comment on it.
"I'm not at liberty to discuss the nature and the extent of [their] relationship," he said. "My client has made it very clear that he will, in fact, talk about that relationship — the nature and extent. But he wants those words to come directly from his mouth to the world."
Kennedy's relationship with Hernandez was so close that they had requested in September 2016 to be cellmates. The request was initially approved, but later terminated by the supervisor of the jail. The reason given was that Hernandez was physically bigger than Kennedy.
Army revealed the two knew of each other before his client went to prison. Their relationship had grown to the point where Hernandez was writing letters to Kennedy's parents and siblings.
On the day of Hernandez's death, Kennedy believes he was the last person to see the former tight end. He told Army he was "stunned and saddened" by the news, and was placed on suicide watch following his death.
Kennedy claimed Hernandez sent him a note a few weeks ago which read, "I think I'm going to hang it up lol." At the time he didn't think much of it, but after his death, the note took on a new meaning.
There was also an issue of a wristwatch, which Kennedy claims was supposed to be given to him. Army says his client was told by Hernandez that the former tight end planned to gift him the watch, worth nearly $50,000. Kennedy can't receive the watch in prison, but was told arrangements would be made to receive the watch once he was out. They do not currently have the watch in their possession.