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The Patriots have released tight end Aaron Hernandez after he was arrested and taken into custody Wednesday morning.
“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,” the Patriots said in a statement.
According to a video from NFL network, Hernandez was escorted by law enforcement officials out of his North Attleboro home in handcuffs and into a cruiser. The video also shows Hernandez opened the door without a shirt one, suggesting he did not see the arrest coming.
Hernandez has been immersed in an ongoing homicide investigation into the death of 27 year old Odin Lloyd, an acquaintance of Hernandez, whose body was discovered last Monday near Hernandez’s home. Earlier reports in the week suggested there was an obstruction of justice warrant drawn up but not yet delivered for Hernandez. Those reports were later refuted.
The charges against Hernandez are still unclear and will not be made public until later this afternoon when he is arraigned in Attleboro district court.