The New England Patriots chose to be proactive and prudent in their decision to release troubled tight end Aaron Hernandez today.
It was reported this morning Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs and presumably arrested for recent events involving an acquaintance of Hernandez being shot, along with potential obstruction of justice as Hernandez allegedly destroyed surveillance equipment and a cell phone linked to the investigation.
Not long after that, Hernandez was been released per the Patriots official Twitter feed. In light of recent events, this was really the only way the Patriots could handle it. This has been an ongoing PR nightmare for the franchise, and while the Patriots understand that they need to look out for their own to a degree, this was simply too much for them to deal with as training camps approach.
I have contended since the beginning about this case that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck. Hernandez had character concerns in college, and while he is incredibly talented, as the old adage goes, giving someone a lot of money simply makes them more of who they are.
I sincerely hope that the authorities are able to get to the bottom of this whole situation and the people who are responsible for these crimes are punished. But for the Patriots, at least they have removed themselves from the situation as best they can by cutting ties with Hernandez.
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