Statement from the Patriots on Aaron Hernandez’ Release

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The New England Patriots have released tight end Aaron Hernandez, the team announced this morning at 10:20 a.m., shortly after Hernandez was taken into police custody.

The team cited the investigation as the reason for Hernandez’ release, issuing 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.”

For a timeline of events in the ongoing investigation of Hernandez, click here.

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