Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez had been charged with the murder of 27-year-old Boston Bandit football player Odin Lloyd. The murder charge is a culmination of the breaking news out of Massachusetts today.
The one-time Patriots star tight end was led from his home in North Attleborough Wednesday morning wearing red sports shorts, a white t-shirt and the handcuffs placed on him by the accompanying N. Attleborough police department.
Shortly thereafter, news broke that the Patriots had released the former Florida Gator. Before knowing the charges, the Patriots made the decision that they wanted no association between the circumstances surrounding Hernandez and the Patriots organization, releasing 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.”
Hernandez has been a mainstay in the news since the body of Lloyd, who was shot execution-style, was found June 17 near his home. Several search warrants had been previously issued for authorities to search the tight end’s home, resulting in his Wednesday arrest followed by the murder charges during arraignment later in the afternoon at the Attleborough District Court.
In addition to the charge of murder, Hernandez was charged with possessing firearms without a license, possessing a large capacity firearm and possessing a firearm without an ID card.