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It wasn’t long after Aaron Hernandez was led out of his North Attleboro home in handcuffs on Wednesday morning that the Patriots tweeted the following:
“The New England #Patriots have released Aaron Hernandez.”
The post didn’t even come close to 140 characters.
New England moved swiftly to distance itself from its 2010 fourth-round draft pick, who was charged with first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd and five gun-related charges around four hours after the team’s announcement.
In an e-mailed statement, the Patriots said: “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.