Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee took the stand Thursday in his double murder trial. Perhaps the most surprising revelation from her testimony wasn’t anything she said, but rather what she now calls herself.

Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez (right) testified against Aaron Hernandez Thursday. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez (right) testified against Aaron Hernandez Thursday. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee took the stand Thursday in his double murder trial. Perhaps the most surprising revelation from her testimony wasn’t anything she said, but rather what she now calls herself.

Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez says she took on her childhood sweetheart’s surname in 2015, one year after he was convicted of first-degree murder for killing his friend and former semi-professional football player, Odin Lloyd. It was the first time she used Hernandez’s last name in a criminal court.

The prosecution peppered Jenkins Hernandez with questions about a call she received from Hernandez at 2:37 a.m. on July 16, 2012, minutes after the former Patriots tight end allegedly killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a drive-by shooting. Much to Suffolk First Assistant District Attorney Patrick Haggan’s apparent frustration, Jenkins Hernandez claimed she doesn’t remember what she discussed with Hernandez after the 2012 slayings or after he shot his confidante, Alexander Bradley, in the eye in 2013.

Bradley, who testified against Hernandez last week, said the ex-football standout fired a gun at the two victims after Abreu spilled a drink on him at a nightclub. In February 2013, Hernandez shot Bradley in Florida in an apparent effort to silence him.

Jenkins Hernandez said she learned about the Bradley shooting “from another source,” while claiming ignorance about the evening of the double murder. She said Hernandez and Bradley would frequently go out to bars while she stayed home.

This is the second time she’s testified against Hernandez, as she also took the stand in the Lloyd trial. Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence for his conviction in that case.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
Lavar Ball totally calls into the show. No. Really.

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Greg Hardy is still unemployed. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Greg Hardy is still unemployed. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Greg Hardy is experiencing some well-deserved comeuppance.

For the second consecutive year, there doesn’t appear to be a lot of interest in Hardy on the NFL free agent market. With his career seemingly in jeopardy, he’s decided to turn to the Indoor Football League. But the defensive end has been rebuffed there as well.

The Salt Lake Screaming Eagles expressed an interest in bringing Hardy aboard, but only if their fans approved. They held a vote on their team app about the matter this week, which ended in a virtual tie. In an announcement Thursday, the team revealed 50.1 percent of voters were opposed to offering Hardy a contract. Thus, he will remain unemployed.

“We understood this fan vote to sign Greg Hardy would be controversial, but we believe in empowering fans to make the final decision, the right decision,” the club said in a statement, via ESPN. “We stand behind what was agreed upon and what is best for the team’s future success.”

Hardy, 28, played one game for the Panthers in 2014 before being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list following a domestic violence incident the previous May. According to law enforcement, Hardy threw his ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder, onto a couch littered with assault rifles and threatened to kill her. A judge found him guilty of assault, but the charges were eventually dismissed because Holder failed to appear in court to testify.

The Cowboys signed Hardy to an incentive-laden one-year contract in 2015, but he expressed little remorse for his actions. Prior to his first game back from suspension against the Patriots, he called out Tom Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen.

“I love seeing Tom Brady, he’s cool as crap,” Hardy said, via Fox Sports. “Have you seen his wife? I hope she comes to the game. I hope her sister comes to the game, all her friends come to the game.”

The misogynistic comments were downright creepy coming from Hardy, considering his violent history with women. He flamed out at the end of the season in Dallas, only recording two sacks from Week 9 onwards.

Though the domestic violence incident has been expunged from Hardy’s record, his legal problems continue to persist. He was indicted on a felony count of cocaine possession last November.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
LaVar Ball will be on WEEI Thursday at 2:30 p.m. (Richard Mackson/USA Today Sports)

LaVar Ball will be on WEEI Thursday at 2:30 p.m. (Richard Mackson/USA Today Sports)

There’s nothing endearing about LaVar Ball. He’s the worst caricature of a sports dad –– hellbent on manipulating and controlling his kids’ athletic careers. But the qualities that make him so repulsive also make him a great interview. That’s why his appearance on Dale & Holley with Keefe Thursday promises to be must-listen radio.

With the Celtics holding possession of the Nets’ first-round pick, there’s a legitimate chance Lonzo Ball will play in Boston next season. With that reality in mind, it’s imperative to know what LaVar Ball thinks about the Celtics organization and the city itself. There are an infinite number of questions that could be posed to him about those topics. Five possibilities are below:

“Do you want Lonzo playing for the Celtics?”

When Eli Manning entered the NFL Draft in 2004, his father Archie Manning made it clear he didn’t want his son playing for the Chargers, who wound up trading him to the Giants. It’s not difficult to imagine LaVar Ball expressing similar demands about his eldest son.

In an interview last month, LaVar Ball said Lonzo will “only play” for their hometown Lakers. He later walked back those comments, saying Lonzo will play anywhere. But it would be curious to hear LaVar Ball’s thoughts on the Celtics, considering they play on the other side of the country and are projected to be a playoff contender for years to come. If LaVar Ball wants Lonzo to play 30 minutes per night in his rookie season, Boston may not be the best landing spot for him.

“What if Lonzo Ball doesn’t play that much?”

LaVar Ball is intent on making his kids stars. He wants to ink a $1 billion shoe contract for them and is already selling “Big Baller Brand” t-shirts. But if Lonzo Ball is a role-player during his rookie season, those plans may have to be put on hold for a little bit. Daddy Ball may not react kindly to that.

“Would you try to interfere with Brad Stevens?”

LaVar Ball is an overbearing presence at Chino Hills High School, where all three of his kids have attended. His interference with the program is chronicled in a recent USA Today feature story, which details stories about how he would try to overrule head coach Stephan Gilling at almost every turn.

After one game, Ball refused to leave the locker room, because Gilling had run a different defense than the one he suggested:

“He comes to me and says, ‘What are you doing? What are you doing?’ I said, ‘What do you mean? I’m trying to win the game.’

“He turns around and walks to our locker room,” Gilling said. “I said, ‘LaVar, don’t go into the locker room.’ He continues walking. I said, ‘LaVar, why are you trying to embarrass me?’ And he just kept walking and goes into the locker room. He’s in there sitting down with the team. And I’m like, ‘LaVar, get out!’”

Gilling says Ball refused to leave the locker room, so Gilling told his team to follow him back to the hotel while Ball’s sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, stayed behind.

When the Chino Hills team made it back to their hotel, Ball still hadn’t cooled down. In fact, he was just getting started.

“An assistant coach comes up to me and tells me that he sees LaVar rallying the team up,” Gilling said. “I guess he got them out of their rooms on the 18th floor and tells the team that it was his system that won. That we’re doing what he says. ‘I run Chino Hills! I run UCLA, about to run the NBA!’

That kind of act won’t work in the NBA, especially with an organization like the Celtics. But that doesn’t mean LaVar won’t try.

“Could you beat Larry Bird one-on-one?”

LaVar Ball claims he would have “killed” Michael Jordan in an one-on-one game if they had played each other during the primes of their athletic lives. Does he feel similarly about Larry Legend?

“Is Boston a racist city?”

LaVar Ball doesn’t appear to have any qualms about speaking out of his rectum on topics he knows little about. He seems like the perfect candidate to ignorantly opine on Boston’s racial history.


Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
Kirk shared his feelings about the afternoon show.

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Curtis finally shared his feelings on Dino.

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Hour 4. The promos for Tanguay’s show are definitely more interesting than the promos for Holley’s show. Michelle DuBois tipped off illegal immigrants.
Hour 3. Lavar Ball’s stunts are growing old. Gerry wants to bring his family to a Red Sox game but management is getting in the way. Mut and Curtis test their knowledge for the upcoming movie quiz
Hour 2. On The Real K&C podcast, Curtis buried Dino in an epic rant. Mut and Kirk don’t believe the Red Sox will win the World Series. Headlines features sound from Pastor Brad McLean and Bob Dylan.