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Aaron Hernandez jail fight could have stemmed from taunting

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DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WHDH) - A new report says the inmate Aaron Hernandez is accused of fighting was in handcuffs at the time of the attacks.

The fight landed Hernandez in a more restricted area of the Bristol County House of Corrections.

The sheriff says it means the time he's allowed out of his cell has been cut from three hours a day to one.

It also means when he is out of his cell he'll have leg irons and handcuffs.

“We're investigating now to find out why two inmates would have been out at same time in that unit,” Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said.

It was late Tuesday morning when Hernandez and another inmate got into a fight.

Hernandez was out for his rec time arecreationalwas not cuffed.

TMZ is reporting that the other inmate was in cuffs and that Hernandez was reacting to incessant trash talking by the other inmate.

“As far as any taunting goes I'm not sure at this point, I won't know until investigation complete. It wouldn't be uncommon in prison setting for inmates periodically to taunt one another from their cells because they can hear each other,” Hodgson said.

The fight was brief as there were plenty of officers in the area the sheriff says and no one needed special medical attention.

The bigger concern now is how the two were able to get into a fight in the first place.

“Was it a systemic failure that violated protocols that allowed this to happen and number two, who of two were the instigator,” Hodgson said.

Hodgson said the investigation should be complete by the end of the week.
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