UPDATE: The New England Patriots have (swiftly) released tight end Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez was arrested this morning in connection with the murder of Odin Lloyd.
The Pats tweeted this…
The New England Patriots have announced the release of tight end Aaron Hernandez following his arrest in the investigation of a homicide last week in North Attleboro, Mass.
The New England Patriots issued the following statement: “A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.”
What a day…
The saga involving the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, whose body was found a mile away from the Attleborough home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, hit a new level this morning. Police showed up at Hernandez’s home—which they’ve been in and out of over the course of the last week—and led the 23-year-old away in handcuffs around 9 a.m. this morning.
[url href=”http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/06/26/police-cant-be-accused-of-showing-a-patriot-favorable-treatment/“]ProFootballTalk[/url] had more on how the police have shown Hernandez no special treatment throughout the process:
In some NFL cities, the authorities are inclined to look the other way when it comes to a member of the local football team. In North Attleboro, Massachusetts, that’s definitely not happening.
Apart from the gravity of the circumstances surrounding the arrest of tight end Aaron Hernandez, the police apparently have given Hernandez no special consideration of any kind.
He wasn’t permitted to drive to the police station and quietly turn himself in. Instead, the police showed up at his house, cuffed him, and led him to the cruiser. Like every episode of Cops, except in the daylight.
The treatment reflects the authorities’ attitude toward Hernandez. Either they don’t like him for allegedly obstructing justice, or they believe he was involved in the murder of Odin Lloyd — and in turn treated him like every other defendant whom police regard as being capable of killing another person.
PFT also shared a link to a video of Hernandez’s arrest, which can be seen after the jump.