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.”
The Patriots star was marched out of his Massachusetts mansion in handcuffs and arrested today by police 11 days after the body of his friend was found dead in an industrial park near his home.
Hernandez, who was led by detectives out of his home in handcuffs wearing a T-shirt and gym shorts, was placed in a police car by detectives and driven away in front of dozens of reporters and other police officers around 8:45 a.m.
The charges against him are unclear but, as it has reported, he had not been ruled out as a suspect in the killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, 27, who was found shot dead June 17.
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