Man regrets selling Aaron Hernandez letter


The pen pal of Aaron Hernandez says he didn’t anticipate what would happen when he sold a letter he received from the former Patriots tight end. Karl, who has declined to reveal his last name, told us he didn’t know the handwritten letter, which he sold to a sports memorabilia shop, would show up online. “I don’t like the way it got out,” he said. “I wrote [Hernandez] last night because I don’t want him to think it was all about money.” Karl will not say what he was paid by Sportsworld, which is located in Saugus, but he claims it was “pennies” compared to the $18,000 TMZ later paid Sportsworld for the letter. Written in response to a note of support from Karl, Hernandez, who’s sitting in the Bristol County House of Correction charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, proclaims his innocence in the letter. “I know everything happens for a reason and I know ‘God’ has a plan for me and something good will come out of this,” reads the missive. “The world just makes things out of false accusations and it will all die down, especially when they say not guilty and all the people that turned on me will feel like crap. . . . I’m humbled by this already and this will change me forever. At least I’ll know my true supporters. Thanks for being one of them!” Sportsworld owner Phil Castinetti said that almost as soon as he bought the letter, TMZ came calling. “I made some money. I buy, I sell, that’s my business,” said Castinetti, unapologetically. “I’m not a Hernandez fan or anything like that, but if it’s not me selling it, it’ll be someone else. So why not?” In the letter, Hernandez asked Karl not to share the correspondence on “social media,” but it very quickly ended up there. And that upsets Karl, who says he’s been threatened by fans of Hernandez. “I got people calling me and saying I better watch out,” he said. “I regret how it turned out. I was kind of hoping more positive would come out of it.”

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