Aaron Hernandez pleads innocence in letter to fan

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is brought into court for a preliminary...

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is brought into court for a preliminary hearing on murder charges in Attleboro, Massachusetts July 24, 2013. (REUTERS/Martin Gavin/The Sun Chronicle)

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, Last Updated: 6:10 PM ET

Former NFLer Aaron Hernandez appears to be responding to fan mail from inside prison.

TMZ is reporting they have obtained a letter written by Hernandez that was sent to a fan who claims to have spent time in the same prison 15 years ago.

The fan told TMZ he wanted to give Hernandez -- who is famously locked up on first-degree murder charges for the alleged killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd -- some encouragement.

In the full-page response, Hernandez pleaded his innocence by writing "NOT GUILTY" with a double underline. A few lines above, he wrote "something good will come out of this."

"When it's all said and done 'GOD' put me in this situation for a reason!" he said later in the letter.

The ex-New England Patriots tight end also said he has "always been a great person" and that "nothing will break me!"

"The world just makes things out of false accusations," Hernandez added, "and it will all die down especially when they say NOT GUILTY and all the people who turned on me will feel like crap."

Hernandez signs off with: "*Keep this off social media PLEASE!" -- something the fan clearly ignored.

In their report, TMZ said they have verified the letter's authenticity with officials.


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