Aaron Hernandez Arrested by Police and Released from New England Patriots

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2013

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been charged in connection to the murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd was found dead in an industrial park near Hernandez's home.

UPDATE: Wednesday, June 26, at 3:20 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

Sirius XM NFL Radio says the judge has ruled Hernandez will be held without bail after being charged with 1st degree murder:

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe provides details on Hernandez's missing surveillance tape:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 26, at 3:10 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

SI's Pete Thamel details the DA's stance on the Hernandez case:

He also provides this quote from the defense:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 26, at 2:50 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

The Massachusetts State Police department details the charges Hernandez faces:

Lowery provides details on Hernandez's text messages from the night of the murder:

He also transcribes these quotes from the prosecution:

Christopher Price of WEEI.com speaks on the money the Patriots owe Hernandez:

He also provides a quote from a source who speaks on the difficulty the NFLPA would have defending Hernandez:

Pro Football Talk outlines this quote from the prosecution on a shell casing found in Hernandez's vehicle:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 26, at 2:10 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

WBZ-TV's Peter Wilson Tweeted out a photo of Hernandez entering the court room:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 26, at 1:56 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

CBS Boston's Bree Sison describes the scene outside the police station:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 26, at 12:35 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Dan Jaehnig of NBC 10 is reporting that a tentative time has been set for Hernandez's arraignment. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 26, at 12:20 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

According to Doug Kyed of NESN, Fox 25 is reporting that Hernandez will go directly to county jail.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 26, at 11:40 a.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

The NFL has released a statement on Hernandez, per NFL Network's Steve Wyche.
"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. 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."

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 26, at 10:40 a.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

The Patriots announced that they have released Aaron Hernandez:

Here is the statement the New England franchise issued following Hernandez's arrest:

The New England Patriots have announced the release of tight end Aaron Hernandez following his arrest in the investigation of a homicide last week in North Attleboro, Mass. 

The New England Patriots issued 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.”

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According to The Boston Globe's George Rizer, Colin A. Young and John R. Ellement, Hernandez was taken into custody for his potential role in the situation that ultimately led to Lloyd's death.

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was led out of his house this morning in handcuffs facing undisclosed charges.

Hernandez has been under investigation in connection with the murder of his acquaintance, Odin L. Lloyd, 27, whose body was found June 17 at an industrial park near Hernandez’s home.

It was not immediately known what charges Hernandez is facing.

Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk provided a screen cap of Hernandez in handcuffs as seen on NFL Network:

Stanley Staco provided another photo of the tight end being led from his home:


Massachusetts State Police released more information on Aaron Hernandez.


Police arrived at Hernandez's North Attleboro, Mass., home on Wednesday morning, as captured by Kathryn Sotnik of NECN:


Jenny Wilson of the Hartford Courant was also able to snap a photo of police waiting at Hernandez's door before he ultimately answered:


Once Hernandez came to the door, he was handcuffed, arrested and taken away in a police cruiser:




Lloyd was seen out at a Boston bar with Hernandez and two other men on the night of his death, according to MyFoxBoston. Lloyd reportedly left in a car driven by Hernandez, and while Hernandez and the two other men returned to his home at the end of the night, Lloyd didn't.

The connections between Hernandez and Lloyd don't stop there as Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend, according to Peter Wilson of WBZ-TV in Boston.


Lloyd was a linebacker for the Boston Bandits of the New England Football League. He reportedly practiced with the team on the Saturday prior to his death, according to CBS Local in Boston. While solving the mystery surrounding Lloyd's death is obviously the top priority, much of the focus has inevitably shifted toward Hernandez's status with the Patriots.

The Patriots begin their regular season on Sept. 8 on the road against the Buffalo Bills. Tight end Rob Gronkowski's status for that game is still in question due to a myriad of surgeries since the end of last season. Now it appears as though New England may be without Hernandez as well.

Despite missing six games due to injury last season, Hernandez was among the Patriots' most consistent pass catchers as he racked up 51 receptions for 483 yards and five touchdowns. Just one year earlier, Hernandez accrued 910 yards and seven touchdowns, so he is obviously a key part of the Patriots offense.


With New England already having lost wide receiver Wes Welker to the Denver Broncos in free agency, their skill positions are wearing a bit thin. Quarterback Tom Brady seems to produce regardless of whom he is targeting on his throws, but head coach Bill Belichick certainly has to be concerned by these developments.

Even if Hernandez is ultimately found innocent in relation to Lloyd's death, his trouble with the law may not be over. According to TMZ, Hernandez was sued by Alexander Bradley earlier in the month as he accused Hernandez of shooting him in the face following an altercation at a Miami strip club on Feb. 13.

According to the report, Hernandez and Bradley left the club in the same car. Hernandez allegedly aimed the gun at Bradley and it discharged, which resulted in Bradley being shot in the face. Bradley's lawsuit against Hernandez was reportedly dropped, but it was only due to an error in paperwork.

Hernandez is not currently a suspect in the Bradley shooting, but now that he has been taken into custody in relation to the death of Lloyd, it stands to reason that police will take a much harder look at Hernandez's possible involvement in the other case.

This promises to be a long and arduous process for Hernandez and everyone involved. However, it obviously doesn't reflect well upon the Patriots star.


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