BOSTON — A spilled drink in a Boston nightclub led former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez to kill two people in a drive-by shooting because he felt he’d been disrespected, prosecutors said Wednesday.
“I think I got one in the head and one in the chest,” Hernandez said to a friend as they fled the intersection where the victims were shot in their car, prosecutors said at the former gridiron star’s arraignment.
Hernandez, already charged with killing another man last year, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to seven charges — including two counts of first-degree murder — in the 2012 shooting that killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. A third man was wounded.
In the months before the killings, Suffolk County First Assistant District Attorney Patrick Haggan told the court Hernandez had become increasingly convinced that people “had been testing, trying or otherwise disrespecting him when he frequented nightclubs in the area.”
Dallas’ Lee likely out for ’14
IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee could miss the 2014 season after tearing a ligament in his left knee in the first offseason practice.
The team hasn’t announced results of an MRI but reported on its website Wednesday that Lee has been told he has a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Lee went down during the 11-on-11 portion of Tuesday’s practice. His left leg slid out from under him as rookie guard Zack Martin was closing in for a block, and Martin rolled over him.
WR Watkins signs rookie deal
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills signed first-round pick Sammy Watkins to his rookie contract Wednesday.
The Bills announced the signing shortly after the team’s first session of organized team activities.
Buffalo moved up five spots in the draft in a trade with Cleveland to select Clemson’s Watkins fourth overall. The 6-foot-1, 211-pound wideout is known for his explosive playmaking abilities and his speed and good hands.
Mixed signals for Jets QBs
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Rex Ryan says there’s “no doubt” the New York Jets have an open competition at quarterback. Michael Vick begs to differ.
Vick reiterated his comments from last week, insisting Wednesday that “it’s not an open competition” between him and Geno Smith.
Vick has said since he signed with New York in March that Smith is the team’s starting quarterback.
Ryan contradicted Vick’s assertion, saying the Jets have two quarterbacks competing for the job, and added that “we’ll let it play out a little bit.” Shortly after those comments, Vick — who, at first danced around questions — conceded again that the job, in his eyes, is anything but up for grabs.
Both Vick and Smith split snaps with the starting offense on the second day of organized team activities.
Jaguars’ Clemons no-show
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Chris Clemons is the lone no-show for the team’s OTAs.
Clemons failed to attend a second straight day of the team’s voluntary workouts at the practice facility Wednesday.
The Jaguars signed Clemons to a four-year, $17.5 million contract on March 13, a day after he was released by the Seattle Seahawks.
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley listed Clemons as “day to day” and said he feels better about Clemons’ situation after talking with him Tuesday.
Clemons was with the Seahawks from 2010-13 and worked under Bradley for three years when Bradley was Seahawks defensive coordinator. Clemons led the Seahawks in sacks with 11 in both 2010 and 2011.
Bradley was hired as Jacksonville’s head coach in 2013.
Jets’ Colon needs surgery
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets right guard Willie Colon needs knee surgery and is expected to be sidelined for about six weeks, but should be ready in time for training camp.
Coach Rex Ryan announced Wednesday that Colon needs arthroscopic surgery after being injured during a recent workout before the start of organized team activities this week.
“Safe to say, it’s going to be a while if he’s going to come off a scope,” Ryan said.
But a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team didn’t announce details said Colon should “definitely” be able to participate on the field when training camp opens in late July.
Oday Aboushi, a fifth-round pick last year out of Virginia as a tackle, worked at right guard with the starters at practice Tuesday and Wednesday. Ryan said Aboushi, who did not appear in any games last season, has looked good filling in for Colon.
The Jets have several other guards on their depth chart, including Caleb Schlauderaff, Patrick Ford, Will Campbell, a sixth-rounder last year, and they drafted Dakota Dozier in the fourth round out of Furman earlier this month.