Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) tries to catch a deflected ball in the first quarter of the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots Release Aaron Hernandez, Police Do Not

Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez was arrested early this morning at his home in Massachusetts, he was taken to the courthouse and will be arraigned later toady.  The Patriots announced they have released the player effective immediately.

While some have wondered about the whole innocent until proven guilty idea, you must remember we are not privy to all that is happening.  ESPN and others may act like they know everything, but they haven’t been in rooms with his attorney or the investigators.  Is seems safe to say that this will not be a simple obstruction of justice charge hoping to use Hernandez as a witness (see Ray Lewis), but perhaps a case of deeper involvement (See Rae Carruth).

Hernandez unfortunately seems to have gotten himself involved in some things and with some people he would have been better off leaving behind.  With all those millions and the great job do come some responsibilities, and Aaron seems to have missed that point.  In the past weeks he has come off as some spoiled kid living in his parents house with too much time and money on his hands.

The Patriots have decided to not wait around and see what becomes of the case, or issue the blanket “We stand by our player” statement and I say good for them.  Why defend any actions that resulted in someone getting murdered?  Look at the Cowboys last year allowing their player to dance around on the sideline after he killed one of his teammates in an alcohol related car accident the very next week.  They looked foolish, as usual, and for what?  After playing team sports for many many years I can tell you not every teammate deserves your undying devotion.

 

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