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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez’s defense team resolves dispute with Patriots over records

07.23.14 at 7:49 am ET

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— A lawyer for Aaron Hernandez said during a hearing Tuesday that a dispute with the Patriots over team records has been resolved, and Hernandez’s trial for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd was set for Jan. 9.

Attorney Michael Fee said during a hearing in Fall River Superior Court that the issue with the Patriots was settled, although it was not clear if the team had turned over the requested files, which consist of a nine-page scouting report and a summary of a psychological assessment produced by an outside company. The team already had agreed to provide 317 pages of personnel records, including medical and training information.

MASHUP POLL: Should the Patriots cooperate with Aaron Hernandez's legal team?

  • Yes, they should turn over any requested information so that Hernandez can get a fair trial (61%, 146 Votes)
  • No, the Patriots' information is not relevant to Hernandez's off-field behavior (39%, 92 Votes)

Total Voters: 238

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Hernandez’s defense team had said the full team records were necessary for its preparation for trial, saying they may have critical information about the former tight end’s mindset.

Patriots attorney Andrew Phelan said the scouting reports contain trade secrets and have no relevance to Hernandez’s case, and he noted that the team had offered the defense the opportunity to review the psychological assessment summary but not reproduce the forms. He suggested the defense contact the company that wrote the original report for the full assessment.

Judge Susan Garsh set Jan. 6 as the date for the start of jury selection, indicating that jurors will be selected from a pool of 1,000 candidates.

Hernandez also has been charged with a double-homicide in Boston in 2012.

— The Giants on Tuesday announced the hiring of former receiver David Tyree as director of player development, and the move was met with criticism by the Human Rights Campaign due to Tyree’s past ant-gay comments.

Tyree, best known for his “helmet catch” against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, said in 2011 that he would trade in the catch if it would stop gay marriage. He also denied scientific evidence existed to support claims that people are born gay.

“The idea that someone can change their sexual orientation or gender identity is ludicrous, and the New York Giants are risking their credibility by hiring someone who publicly advocates this junk science,” the Human Rights Campaign said in a statement. “His opposition to basic legal equality aside, David Tyree‘s proselytizing of such dangerous practices goes against the positive work the Giants organization has done in recent years.”

The Giants said in response to the criticism that Tyree “was expressing his personal view, and that is not the view of the Giants organization.”

Jay Paterno is suing Penn State, accusing the school of irreparably damaging his career by failing to indicate that his firing last year was not related to the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Paterno, who for 12 years served as quarterbacks coach for his father, Joe Paterno, was dismissed by then-head coach Bill O’Brien in January 2012. Offensive line coach Bill Kenney also was fired and is part of the lawsuit.

The two allege that “the terminations ‘€¦ had the effect of branding and stigmatizing plaintiffs as participants in the Sandusky scandal, and, by so doing, maligned plaintiffs’ heretofore stellar reputations.” They are seeking more than $1 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

Paterno claims he was refused interviews for head coaching vacancies at UConn and James Madison along with several broadcasting positions. He has not worked since leaving Penn State. Kenney, however, did land another position, as offensive line coach at Western Michigan.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 23, 2002, which Red Sox player hit three two-run home runs in a 22-4 rout of the Devil Rays and tied a major league record with five home runs in two games?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Everything adds up pretty clearly to Tony Dungy being a homophobe. He does not agree with people being gay. He has a moral problem with me marrying my partner of 11 years and he does not want that in the locker room.” — Outsports co-founder Cyd Zeigler, during a Tuesday appearance on Middays with MFB, on Dungy’s comments about Michael Sam

STAT OF THE DAY: 9 — Consecutive losses for Red Sox starter Jake Peavy, who fell to 1-9 on the season with Tuesday’s 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): In his first game with the Yankees since being acquired from the Padres earlier in the day, Chase Headley hits a walkoff single in the 14th inning to beat the Rangers.

Jonathan Lucroy hits a walkoff home run in the ninth inning to lift the Brewers over the Reds.

This umpire in Texas has a good time with his strikeout calls.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Nomar Garciaparra

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Tony Joe White was born on this day in 1943.

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