(AP) -- Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez can't watch football on TV for his own safety, the sheriff in charge of the prison said on Saturday.
"When somebody with any kind of fame comes in, there are already wise guys who try to improve their own stature by hurting him," Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told The Associated Press. "We don't want to have any problems."
Hernandez has been held without bail at the Bristol County House of Correction in North Dartmouth, Mass., since he was charged in June with the murder of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player. The Patriots released him on the day he was arrested.
Hodgson said this week that Hernandez won't be able to watch his former teammates play in the AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos because he isn't allowed to watch TV at all. The sheriff said on Saturday that Hernandez is kept separated from the other inmates under "special management" because of his fame.
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