QUINCY, Mass. (WHDH) — The man who claims former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez shot him in the face in Florida faced a Massachusetts judge Tuesday, but the appearance is connected to another incident involving the two.

Alexander Bradley appeared before a judge for less than a minute for a pre-trial hearing stemming from a police encounter in late January. Officers said the incident started with an apparent chase on Interstate 93 and ended with Bradley’s arrest on drunken driving charges.

Hernandez, a friend of Bradley’s, was a passenger in the car. Apparently Hernandez didn’t hesitate to let police know who he was. Court paperwork shows when they were pulled over, Hernandez yelled “Trooper, I’m Aaron Hernandez, it’s OK.”

Bradley made no comment as he left court.

Bradley could be a key player in Hernandez’s legal battle — a Connecticut judge ordered him to go before a secret grand jury on Wednesday.

Just weeks before being arrested for drunk driving, Bradley says he was shot in the face by Hernandez in Florida. Bradley filed a civil suit against Hernandez. His attorney says he lost his right eye and is looking for money. The civil suit was filed just days before Hernandez was arrested on murder charges.

Hernandez is accused of orchestrating the execution of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.

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