NFL star Aaron Hernandez charged with murder

23 year old New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested yesterday Wednesday June 26th at his mansion in Massachusetts in connection with the murder of another player whose body was found near his home.

The body of 27 year old former semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd was found on June 17th in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez’s house. Police say he had been shot multiple times in the groin, back and chest. Hernandez has since been remanded into custody without bail.

Prosecutors say there was communication between the Odin Lloyd (pictured above) and Hernandez just 10 hours before Odin’s death. They say they have video showing Lloyd getting into Hernandez’ car around that time. They also say Hernandez had been texting Lloyd.

The DA said keys were found in Lloyd’s pocket to a car that had been rented by Hernandez.

Mr Lloyd’s relatives said the two men were friends and both had been out together on the night Mr Lloyd died. In court on Wednesday, prosecutors said the killing arose from a dispute at a Boston nightclub on June 14.

They said Mr Lloyd was aware Hernandez was upset with him after being picked up by the NFL star in the early hours of June 17.

Prosecutors said Mr Lloyd sent a text to his sister saying: “Did you see who I am with.”
When his sister asked who, Mr Lloyd responded: “NFL.”

Within minutes of the text, people working overnight at the industrial park reported hearing gunshots, authorities said.

As for the motive, prosecutors believe Odin had said something recently to Hernandez that destroyed his trust. Lloyd is believed to have been dating the sister of Aaron’s fiancee at the time of his murder.

In addition to murder, Hernandez has been charged with 1 count of carrying a gun without a license, 2 counts of possession of a large firearm, and 2 counts of firearm possession. He has pled not guilty.

Last summer, the Patriots gave Hernandez a five-year contract worth $40m.

Source: SKY News and TMZ

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Iyanya signs N60million endorsement deal with MTN

Kukere crooner and MTN Project Fame winner Iyanya today Tuesday June 18 singed a one year contract with telecoms giant, MTN, said to be worth N60 million. The N60m includes sign on fee, performances and appearances for a whole year.

Heard Wizkid signed close to N45million with MTN, while Davido signed close to N32 million. These Naija artistes are balling. Big congrats to them!

Italian designers Dolce&Gabbana sentenced to prison for tax evasion

Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the men behind fashion power house, Dolce & Gabbana were today June 19th sentenced to one year and eight months in prison by an Italian court after being found guilty of tax evasion.

They were also fined €500,000. The multimillionaire designers were accused of hiding millions of euros from Italian tax authorities, charges they deny and have said they intend to appeal against any conviction.

Italian authorities are accusing them of moving their brand to a Luxembourg-based holding company Gado – in 2004, so they could avoid declaring taxes on royalties of about 1 billion euros. The Italian authorities have been investigating the designers for about six years now and they were actually cleared of tax evasion/fraud charges at a previous trial in April 2011 but Italy’s highest court overturned that ruling, ordering that the case be sent back to trial.

Their sentences have been suspended pending their appeal.