The SUV that former NFL Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was in when, according to prosecutors, he shot and killed two men outside a nightclub, has been pulled from an auction site, according to the Associated Press. Westford Auto Sales owner Buddy Clair said that eBay removed the vehicle ad Tuesday night. The highest bidder was willing to pay $101, 005.
Clair was handling the sale of the Toyota 4-Runner on behalf of the owner, who happened to be a car dealing leasing the car to Hernandez as part of a promotional agreement.
The listing read:
"This is the REAL DEAL !!! Aaron Hernandez’ infamous silver Toyota 4-runner. As seen in the New York Times, we’re auctioning off this piece of Patriots football memorabilia ... The Toyota is just the way it came from the [Boston police] impound yard, and still has the black soot on the map lights, and sunroof switch where the police dusted for finger prints!! The SUV has 53,000 miles on the odometer, and runs great !! The winner of the auction will also receive a framed jersey autographed, by Hernandez himself."
Clair told the Boston Globe that he is uncertain what is going to happen to the SUV now, but he said he still intends on selling it.
“It’s valuable to somebody and somebody should have the right to own it without being criticized,’’ he said. “If we got lucky on this and sold it, we had talked about donating to the people that were involved in the history of it.”
A jury recently found Hernandez not guilty of the Boston killings in 2012. Prosecutors had alleged the former football star was in the car's passenger seat when he shot at the men's car.
A few days after his April acquittal, Hernandez committed suicide in his prison cell.
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