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Hernandez memorabilia brings big bucks online

Bidding on eBay for a jersey bearing Aaron Hernandez’s name has reached $227. The piece of Patriots apparel originally sold for $50.
Bidding on eBay for a jersey bearing Aaron Hernandez’s name has reached $227. The piece of Patriots apparel originally sold for $50.Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff/file

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When John Lamothe first learned that Aaron Hernandez was under investigation for a murder, he was crushed. Lamothe, who lives in Florida, is a huge Patriots fan, and he especially liked Hernandez because they’d gone to the same college, the University of Florida.

But eventually, Lamothe looked at the Number 81 Aaron Hernandez Patriots jersey in his house and knew he wanted it gone.

So he put it on eBay. “I thought I might get $15 for it,” he said.

On Sunday, it sold for $289.

The New England Patriots have cut Hernandez, who was arrested last Wednesday, and cleared any Hernandez-related memorabilia from store shelves. And this coming weekend, the Patriots ProShop at Gillette Stadium will offer fans who bought a Hernandez jersey at the store the chance to exchange it for another player’s.

But online, a market for Hernandez memorabilia has emerged.

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