Pats release Hernandez in homicide investigation
“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,” the team said in a statement. “We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.”
“The involvement of an NFL player in a case of this nature is deeply troubling. The Patriots have released Aaron Hernandez, who will have his day in court,” it read. “At the same time, we should not forget the young man who was the victim in this case and take this opportunity to extend our deepest sympathy to Odin Lloyd’s family and friends.”
The 23-year-old Hernandez was an All-American at Florida and part of a tight end duo in New England that was among the league’s most productive.
But heading into the 2010 NFL draft at least one team said it took him off its draft board _ refusing to select him under any circumstances _ and all of the other teams in the league bypassed him repeatedly as he fell to New England in the fourth round.
Afterward, Hernandez said he had failed a single drug test in college _ reportedly for marijuana _ and was up front with teams about it.
Ever since he became entangled in the investigation into Lloyd’s death, other off-field issues have become public.
A South Florida man filed a lawsuit last week claiming Hernandez shot him in the face after they argued at a strip club. The man, who lost his right eye, told police after the February incident that he did not know who shot him.
The Boston Globe reported that Hernandez lost his temper and threatened teammate Wes Welker during an argument in the team’s weight room shortly after being drafted.
Hernandez became a father to a daughter on Nov. 6, and he said it made him think.
“I’m engaged now and I have a baby. So it’s just going to make me think of life a lot differently and doing things the right way,” he said. “Now, another one is looking up to me. I can’t just be young and reckless Aaron no more. I’m going to try to do the right things, become a good father and (have her) be raised like I was raised.”