Former pal of Aaron Hernandez sues Sheriff, St. Mary’s

Alexander Bradley ended up shot in the face and left for dead in a Riviera Beach industrial park by one-time NFL superstar-turned killer Aaron Hernandez. The former New England Patriots and Florida Gators tight end wanted to silence his buddy about other murders in New England, investigators believe.

Bradley never spoke to law enforcement since his near-death experience, but he has been busy filing lawsuits in the last four years

His first, against Hernandez, ended in a settlement. He then filed a lawsuit against CNN in Connecticut for showing images of him lying bloody and unconscious in the hospital without his consent.

Now Bradley has focused his litigation wrath on St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and again the hospital photograph is central to his case.

The new federal lawsuit accuses PBSO “upon information and belief” of visiting St. Mary’s in order to gain images of Bradley in his hospital bed and then without consent illegally provided those photos to media outlets, including CNN.

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Aaron Hernandez sits in the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court during his hearing on August 22, 2013 in North Attleboro, Mass. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

St. Mary’s allowed the sheriff access to Bradley without his consent in order to photograph him, the lawsuit claims.

The civil complaint also claims it’s possible that PBSO has nothing to do with the photograph and that St. Mary’s snapped them and provided the images to media outlets.

St. Mary’s released a statement last night on the lawsuit:

“We take these allegations very seriously. The privacy of our patients is of utmost importance to our employees and physicians.”
The sheriff’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

Hernandez is serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee at the time of his death. Before his arrest, Hernandez s igned a $40 million contract that delivered a $12.5 million bonus.

The New England Patriots won their second Super Bowl in three years earlier this month, but Hernandez will go on trial in March for the murder of two other men.

The photograph at the subject of the Bradley Shoot was shown in a March 31, 2015 broadcast on CNN entitled CNN Special Report: Downward Spiral–Inside the Case Against Aaron Hernandez.  The show is available on Youtube and has been viewed more than 50,000 times.

The image shows Bradley with a tube down his throat with a bandage around most of his upper head. He ended up losing his right eye. The photograph was “highly offensive to a reasonable person of ordinary sensibilities”  and has caused Bradley severe emotional distress.

 

St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on June 5, 2015. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

The lawsuit names St. Mary’s, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and two deputies identified only as John and Jane Doe.

“Aaron Hernandez’s life and criminal behavior may have been of legitimate public concern, the photograph of plaintiff itself in the condition he was in was not,” the Feb. 15 lawsuit states.

The Palm Beach Post reported in May 2015 that Hernandez shot his pal Bradley because he had quipped about the tight end capping two men outside a Boston night club in 2012.

Bradley, a Connecticut resident who did prison time for cocaine trafficking, is believed to have been in the passenger seat of Hernandez’s SUV when he shot the men over a perceived slight.

In June 2013, Bradley sued Hernandez for negligence in U.S. District Court in Miami, saying in the civil complaint that the two had argued before he was shot in the face.

Bradley later told a judge that Hernandez had grown increasingly paranoid, believing he was being followed by helicopters. He was one of the last prosecution witnesses in Hernandez’s trial in the Lloyd murder, helping tie the defendant to the gun used in the slaying