By Kevin Aherne
Aaron Hernandez is not having a very good day. Not only did the NFL tight end wake up to find half of the Massachusetts State Police force at his front door this morning. He also received another bit of troubling news regarding his football career.
Answering the door in just a pair of athletic shorts, Aaron Hernandez was handcuffed and taken into custody by police shortly before 9:00 AM on Wednesday morning. The arrest came as no surprise, as the warrant was issued nearly a week ago, but Hernandez seemed to be caught off guard by the ordeal.
The former Florida Gator was then taken to the North Attleboro Police station for booking, and then transferred to Attleboro Superior Court for his arraignment hearing Wednesday afternoon. In court, the charges were revealed; Aaron Hernandez is being charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, among other weapons violations.
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A murder accusation is enough to ruin anyone's day, but it was not the only piece of bad news Aaron Hernandez received today. His NFL employer, the New England Patriots wasted no time in addressing the issue; and released the tight end from the team within one hour of the arrest. According to a press release, the team was not willing to stand by their star player, who had signed a 5-year, $41 million dollar contract less than one year ago.
"A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss," the statement from the Patriots read. "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." -Statement from New England Patriots
Now, Hernandez will sit in a jail cell, unemployed and held without bail. While there are still a lot of details yet to emerge in this case, the state's evidence seems very strong. Though we do not know exactly what did transpire, we do know that a 27-year old man was senselessly killed; and Aaron Hernandez, at the very least, is guilty of executing some very poor judgment. He is just shy of 24-years old, and may never hold his child, or see hisfiancé again as a free man.