06/20/2013 02:37 pm ET Updated Jun 20, 2013

Aaron Hernandez Arrest 'Likely' But Not 'Imminent' According To Media Reports [UPDATED]


New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is "likely" to be arrested in connection to the murder of 27-year-old Odin Llyod, according to a Sports Illustrated report.

Citing an unnamed source with knowledge of the investigation, Greg Bedard and Pete Thamel of SI reported on Thursday that "Hernandez's arrest is likely" due to his involvement in the case.

Shortly after the SI report was published online, Boston Globe political reporter Wesley Lowery tweeted that there was "no arrest imminent," citing state police.

Earlier on Thursday, Steve Silva of tweeted that he was "hearing" from a law enforcement source that Hernandez could soon be arrested. He later tweeted that his unnamed sources were not "directly connected" to the current investigation.

As the conflicting reports emerged on Thursday, FOX 25 in Boston tracked Hernandez's movements via helicopter.

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On Wednesday evening, FOX 25 reported that "Hernandez appears to be directly tied to the homicide" of Lloyd. A semi-pro football player with ties to Hernandez, Lloyd's body was discovered on Monday. Citing a law enforcement official, FOX 25 reported that Hernandez, Lloyd and two other men were at a bar on Sunday night. The four men reportedly left together but only three returned to Hernandez's home.

Citing several unnamed law enforcement sources, ABC reported on Thursday that Hernandez has not been ruled out as a suspect in the murder investigation.

UPDATE 5:10 p.m. EST: An unnamed law enforcement source told The Boston Herald on Thursday that no arrest warrant had been issued for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.