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Ex-NFL star Hernandez involved in jail house scuffle: official

Aaron Hernandez (R) chats with his lawyer Charles Rankin as he appears for a pre-trial hearing at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall Rive
Aaron Hernandez (R) chats with his lawyer Charles Rankin as he appears for a pre-trial hearing at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall Rive

BOSTON (Reuters) - Former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez, charged with shooting a friend to death last year, was involved in a Massachusetts jailhouse scuffle with another inmate that left neither man seriously injured, law enforcement officials said on Wednesday.

"There was an altercation between two inmates in our special management unit, and one of them was Aaron Hernandez," said Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson. "It was stopped very quickly by my staff."

Neither inmate involved in the incident on Tuesday required medical attention, and officials are investigating whether Hernandez or the other man, who was not identified, will face internal disciplinary measures or criminal charges, Hodgson said.

Hernandez, 24, is jailed in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, about 60 miles south of Boston.

He had been a rising star on the New England Patriots with a $41 million contract before he was arrested in June and charged with murdering semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is awaiting trial.

Lloyd's bullet-ridden body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez' home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. Authorities have recovered text messages from Hernandez summoning his friend to his home and from Lloyd alerting his sister to his whereabouts "just so you know."

Police have not recovered the gun used in the crime.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Lisa Von Ahn)

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