NFL considering tattoo check in wake of Hernandez arrest: Report

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is arraigned on charges of murder and weapons...

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is arraigned on charges of murder and weapons violations in Attleborough, Massachusetts, after being arrested, June 26, 2013. (REUTERS/Mike George/Pool)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:11 PM ET

Aaron Hernandez’s June 26 first-degree murder charge has affected yet another corner of the football world.

In light of Hernandez’s much-publicized arrest, the National Football League is likely to begin examining prospects’ tattoos at its annual fitness combine, according to a Tuesday report from CBS Sports.

Sourcing a “longtime NFL personnel man,” CBS reported athletes who hope to one day play in the NFL could soon be subject to body examinations. When Hernandez checked into prison, officials studied his tattoos for any gang affiliations.

Hernandez, 23, has been charged with the execution-style killing of Odin Lloyd, 27. The former New England Patriots tight-end has pleaded not guilty to all charges, including five counts related to illegal firearms possession.

Earlier this month, the Pro Football Hall of Fame removed a photo featuring Hernandez because visitors had continually complained. "In the spirit of good taste we thought we'd take it down," the hall's vice-president, Joe Horrigan, said.

Shortly after Hernandez's arrest, the Patriots held a jersey exchange. More than 2,500 Hernandez sweaters were traded for other team items.

Also, CytoSport and Puma have both terminated their endorsement contracts with Hernandez. EA Sports, makers of the Madden football video game franchise, has dropped Hernandez from its player database.

Finally, sports memorabilia company Panini America removed all Hernandez-related stickers from about 50,000 sticker books that were set to be sent to collectors.

-- with files from Sun wire services 


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