New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will face a lawsuit for allegedly shooting a man after an altercation at a Miami strip club.
TMZ.com broke news of this stunning development, as the lawsuit was filed in Florida federal court on Wednesday—five days prior to authorities searching Hernandez's Massachusetts home for an apparently unrelated homicide case.
UPDATE: Wednesday, June 19, at 5:13 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport provides more details from the police report:
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The lawsuit for the shooting was originally thought to be dismissed just four days after it was filed, but there was simply an error in the paperwork. Thus, the man who originally filed it, Alexander S. Bradley, still intends to move forward with the legal action and refile the lawsuit today.
At a club called Tootsie's Cabaret on Feb. 13, 2013, Bradley claims he got into an argument with Hernandez before the two left in the same car. While in the vehicle, Hernandez allegedly "aimed his weapon at Bradley...and the gun discharged, striking Bradley in the face," per TMZ.
The major injuries Bradley claims to have suffered from the gunshot wound include the loss of his right eye, and extensive surgery was required to repair his face, which included the use of screws and plates.
Bradley also implied that his right hand and arm absorbed part of the shot. He said that those injuries also needed surgery.
In addition to asking for more than $100,000 in the suit, Bradley asserted that Hernandez did not even have a license for the gun that he shot Bradley with.
Such a development is troubling enough for Hernandez, but the alleged unlicensed gun may spell even more legal trouble in the future.
Hernandez is a key part of the Patriots offense going into 2013. He finished 2012 with 51 receptions for 483 yards and five touchdowns in 10 regular-season games.
Fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski's status is questionable after multiple surgeries, including one on his back on Tuesday, per ESPN Boston's Field Yates, who also notes that Hernandez had surgery this offseason.
Combine that with this legal situation Hernandez currently finds himself in, and unfortunately, New England is in danger of being without two of its biggest playmakers in the near future. However, according to Yates, the Patriots do have five other tight ends on the current roster.