Less than two hours after he was arrested, the New England Patriots wasted no time when it comes to parting ways with tight end Aaron Hernandez.
The Patriots released Hernandez on Wednesday morning as police continue the investigation surrounding the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd–whose body was found less than a mile from the tight end’s house last week. The details are still coming in when it comes to what Hernandez will be charged with, but one thing is certain–which is New England made the right move in this case.
There’s no question this was a difficult move by the Patriots as Hernandez has emerged as one of the league’s most dangerous pass-catching tight ends and was a key role in the success of Tom Brady and the passing game. However, with all of the shady details that have emerged over the last week surrounding Hernandez, this seems like a situation that is only going to get worse for the tight end considering all of the details from the past week.
Between destroying his cell phone and home security system to the lawsuit filed against him for an altercation last February, it’s clear Hernandez is involved or knows some sort of information related to Lloyd’s death–or he would have been cooperating more with police. Over the years, there have been too many athletes finding themselves in trouble with the law, but the case with Hernandez has been one of the more bizarre ones.
With the decision to release one of their star tight ends, there’s no telling now what to expect from the Patriots’ offense in 2013 and as painful as the decision was–the organization made the right move to part ways with Hernandez now before this mess gets even more ugly over the next few days. If any team is capable of overcoming a situation like this and figure out a way to still be successful with new weapons, it’s New England.