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New England Patriots Have Released Aaron Hernandez

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Aaron Hernandez was taken away in handcuffs this morning. Before we have even found out what the specific charges are (murder vs. accessory or obstruction of justice), the Patriots have already made their decision. The team has announced that they have released Aaron Hernandez.

[UPDATE: Here is the team 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.”]

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