Aaron Hernandez can kiss his innocent-til-proven-guilty perception goodbye in lieu of the latest news that he pummeled another inmate to a bloody pulp with his bare hands in the Bristol County Jail.
Due to his celebrity and high-profile nature of the case, Hernandez had been on solitary confinement but jail officials allowed him to walk amongst the common folk today February 25.
Big mistake, especially since Hernandez allegedly eyeballed another inmate who had been previously heckling him and the animal came out. Dare we say...murderous animal?
Sources tell us the former New England Patriots tight end -- who is usually segregated from the general population -- was allowed to take a walk in an isolated hallway ... but somehow came into contact with another inmate.
We're told Hernandez recognized the other inmate and launched into an attack -- beating the other man up pretty badly.
Sources tell us ... Hernandez and the other man had been beefing all day long. One source says the other guy had been harassing Aaron nonstop. Clearly, Hernandez was pissed.
The 24-year-old has been locked up since June 26th -- he's facing murder charges stemming from the 2013 shooting death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez is also supposed to be connected to a unrelated double homocide stemming from 2012. If convicted of any of the charges, he could face life in prison.
The struggle doesn't get anymore serious than this.