FOUR BITS: USA Basketball, Tebow, Hernandez

By Adam Silverstein
July 5, 2013

1 » Rookie left-handed pitcher Alex Wood has been getting hazed by his Atlanta Braves teammates since being promoted to the majors. One tactic his teammates are using to embarrass Wood is forcing him to carry a plush Florida Gators backpack out to the bullpen when he warms up. “His fellow relievers brought as much attention to the prank as they could,” MLB.com explains, “making Wood lead the group into the outfield and taking turns playing with the snout of the plush gator mascot on the back of the backpack.” The former Georgia standout only faced Florida twice during his three years in college with the Gators beating him both times.

2 » By defeating Serbia 71-62 on Wednesday, USA Basketball earned the No. 1 overall seed in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship and will open up the bracket portion of the event on Friday at 2:15 p.m. when the Americans take on their neighbors to the north, Canada. Florida rising sophomore guard Michael Frazier II barely saw the court in the United States’ last game, playing only the final 1:37 of the first half and not leaving the bench in the second half. Head coach Billy Donovan did not sit Frazier without good reason; he had shot 8-of-36 (.222) from downtown in the first five games. ESPN3.com has picked up the quarterfinals of the event and will air the Americans’ showdown with the Canadians at 2:15 p.m. on Friday.

3 » Green Bay Packers rookie running back Jonathan Franklin was born in Los Angeles, CA, and attended UCLA but did not name a Californian his role model when asked during an interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I Love Tim Tebow because of his spiritual walk,” Franklin explained. “Through all that he’s been through he still stays strong in his walk and that’s very encouraging. My pastor and my mom (Pamela) have also been great role models for me.”

Check out Aaron Hernandez murder investigation updates…after the break.

4 » The investigation into the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd is ongoing with former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez still the prime suspect and in jail on first-degree murder chargers. Plenty has been uncovered in regards to Hernandez over the last week, so be sure to check out the links below to be filled in on some information that may have fallen through the cracks.

– When Hernandez entered jail, Bristol County corrections officers reviewed the tattoos covering his torso in order to ensure that they were not putting him in danger. Hernandez told those involved that he is not in a gang. “He’s been very polite, very respectful. He doesn’t seem nervous, which is unusual for someone who has never been incarcerated before,” said Bristol County Sherrif Thomas Hodgson. [Boston Herald] While Hernandez’s denial of having gang ties appears to stand up, that does not mean the men he associated himself with are not members of a gang. [FOX Sports]

– Investigators hoped to interview 33-year-old Thaddeus Singleton III of Bristol, CT, another Hernandez associate. However, Singleton was killed early Sunday when he crashed a Nissan Maxima registered to his father-in-law, Andres Valderrama, who is also Herandez’s uncle. [Hartford Courant]

– In order to ensure his fiancée is not required to testify against him in court if subpoenaed, Hernandez could marry Shayanna Jenkins. However, Hodgson is not about to let that happen while he is locked up. “I don’t subscribe to that. I feel that those rights are things that you access on the outside, if you’re a good citizen,” he said. “We’ll do everything we can to not have that happen.” [USA Today]

– Prior to the 2010 NFL Draft, “a scouting service that prepares confidential psychological profiles” of players found that Hernandez “enjoys living on the edge of acceptable behavior and that he may be prone to partying too much and doing questionable things that could be seen as a problem for him and his team.” He even scored a one out of 10 on a test for “social maturity.” [Wall Street Journal]

– Massachusetts State Police, tipped off by Carlos Ortiz, a Hernandez associate also under arrest for Lloyd’s murder, and Hernandez’s barber, searched a secret “flop house” apartment Hernandez maintained approximately 12 miles from his home. While combing the residence, police found, among other things, ammunition that matched the caliber of the bullet used to kill Lloyd and a white sweatshirt that Hernandez may have worn the night of the shooting. [Boston Herald]

One Comment

  1. Michael Jones says:

    “Confidential” psychological profiles? lol

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