Posted June 26, 2013

Patriots release Aaron Hernandez

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Aaron Hernandez has been put into custody on Wednesday. (Boston Globe)

Aaron Hernandez was taken into custody on Wednesday. (Boston Globe)

The New England Patriots have released tight end Aaron Hernandez after he was arrested Wednesday morning at his Massachusetts home.

The release comes just two hours after Hernandez was taken out of his home in handcuffs. Hernandez was arrested after four unmarked police cars pulled up to his home and officers placed the Patriots tight end into custody. The team called the release of Hernandez “the right thing to do” in a statement released on Wednesday:

“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.”

Hernandez has spent his entire three-year career with the Patriots after being drafted in the fourth round in the 2010 NFL Draft. Last season, Hernandez caught 51 passes with 483 yards with five touchdowns. Hernandez has 175 receptions for 1,956 yards and 18 touchdowns over this three years as a tight end in New England.

The Patriots signed Hernandez to a five-year, $40 million contract extension in August, 2012 with $16 million of that contract being guaranteed money as a signing bonus.

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107 comments
Jeff Jones
Jeff Jones

Like I always say, if you want to cut down on serious crime in your 'hood, get rid of major college and pro sports teams.

leon1376
leon1376

Like I said, I was raised in the church. I am still an evangelical Christian. Jesus said, "do good to those who spitefully use you." I just took issue with the remark, "the Lord moves in mysterious ways." To me, that came off as gloating. As being smug and supercilious. It's no different than if Tebow fans pray that Brady breaks a leg and then give thanks to Jesus when he does. You know there are people who will do that. That sort of thing reflects negatively on the Gospel of Christ. Tebow would never pray for Brady to be injured and if tragedy struck, Tebow wouldn't be giving thanks to Jesus. He would probably be thinking about the lines in Proverbs: "the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the eater, but time and chance happens to all." If Tebow starts again and does well, it is not a triumph of Good over Evil.  It's just a good player getting his shot. 

Rhinobuster
Rhinobuster

Aaron's NFL buddies will be going into bars and he will be behind them.

Rhinobuster
Rhinobuster

Anyone want to bet that the Chicago Bears will pick him up?

jimmie
jimmie

is the $16 million still guaranteed if he is convicted of murder?

Dan54
Dan54

funny- he's going to be a "tight end " in the slammer... oh Aaron, get your knee pads out...start suc' in.....

RichardB
RichardB

Tebow is looking at becoming a tight end. 

JackKennedy
JackKennedy

so lets give more mexicans amnesty..........

JosephKies
JosephKies

what happened to innocent until proven guilty?

TravisBusbar
TravisBusbar

Guilty until proven otherwise. Way to go Pats.

RobCleary
RobCleary

The Massachusetts State Police are investigating this case. There is a 90 percent chance they will completely FK it up. Don't write this Gangbanging Homeboy off yet. A Quick search will show that there are FAR MORE State cops doing time in Massachusetts than there are Patriots players.

nearboston
nearboston

I like that still shot of Hernandez looking back over his shoulder....looking back at a life that's for all intents and purposes gone.

Steve86
Steve86

say buh-bye to $8 Mil a year, loser.

numbercruncher1
numbercruncher1

Signing Bonuses tend to be paid over time, so I doubt the full 16 million has been paid.  If Hernandez is acquitted (or not formerly indicted) he will keep the entire 16 million for sure, but if he is found guilty he will likely forfeit the unpaid portion.  I believe the CBA provides for team relief on amounts paid, but it may end up taking blood from a stone as this money will be spent first, with the NE Patriots standing in line in what will likely be a bankruptcy proceeding. 

Not sure of how this affects the Patriots Cap situation...If Hernandez is found guilty logic would indicate there should be relief to the extent the patriots are legally able to recover whatever signing bonus there is (regardless of whether they actually collect it).


Patriots may have known more then we knew, as Tebow becoming a TE is looking more like a possibility.

LuciferLight
LuciferLight

How much of your life have you spent watching televised sports, attending games, talking about sports, listening to sports radio, checking websites for updated scores, and then taking in SportsCenter or another highlight show at the end of the day? How much of your thoughts have been consumed with the upcoming game? How many nights have you stayed awake wondering how your team blew that huge lead? How often have you reminisced about that impossible comeback win as if you played in the game? How much money have you emptied out of your pocket on tickets, DirectTV packages, bets, jerseys, hats, trading cards, autographs and overpriced beers over the course of your lifetime?What if all of that time, emotion, and money has been wasted on a lie? What if the action on the field isn’t what it appears to be? What if you, and millions others like you, have been duped – outright lied to – by those franchises you hold so dear to your heart, all in the name of making an easy buck? Well, my friend, it has happened. And although your name might not be “Mark”, you have certainly become one to those running the carnival known as professional sports.  http://thefixisin.net/

Nick11766
Nick11766

Let's allow more illegals in this country so they can kill more whites.  Illegals (even football players), yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.

They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like "America Deceived II".

They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.

They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.

Impeach Obama.

Last link of "America Deceived II" before it is completely banned:

http://www.amazon.com/America-Deceived-II-Possession-interrogation/dp/1450257437

bigfeet3964
bigfeet3964

screw up the one car parade did ya?   Aint being a straight up G fun?

quailridge1
quailridge1

Money well spent New England... $16M guaranteed.  Wonder how this moron will spend it while in prison for the rest of his low life.

donald5
donald5

Looks like they got the two biggest cops they have on the force to bring him in.  

tgm929
tgm929

Tebow can't throw a ball, so why do people assume he can catch one?

ProfessorGriff
ProfessorGriff

Proof that success and money can't cure stupid! Have a good time with all of the real thugs in prison!

geewhiz
geewhiz

TEEBBOOWWW WHOOOAAAA!!  *nfl network chant*


This is pretty shocking though.  

Cool
Cool

My first thought when I saw the picture was "smart police department."  They didn't send in a couple of wimps to handcuff him.

gizmogwai1978
gizmogwai1978

He's puerto rican, and even doesnt mean anything.

larz.blackman
larz.blackman

@JosephKies That's only the court system.  The rest of us get to make whatever judgements we want.

David G
David G

@Nick11766 I know it might have escaped your little mind.  Hernandez was born in Connecticut; therefore, he is a legal US citizen.  I know that messes with your rant and as Orange Crush wrote bigotry. 

Orange Crush
Orange Crush

@Nick11766 Wow, don't let any actual facts get in the way of your uninformed bigoted viewpoint.

kls525
kls525

He won't. His legal team will after they help him go to prison.

Horsense
Horsense

@quailridge1 There'll be a clause negating said dollars addressing felonious acts Mr lawyer wannabe.

CitizenPiper
CitizenPiper

@tgm929 Aaron was a thug in college, so why did people assume he could  act like a normal person in the NFL? People, especially in the NFL, will rise OR fall to the occasion.  

Tebow Rises.  Mopes like Aaron always...always...fall.  

Its in their nature, failure.

youngz101
youngz101

@Cool I also noticed that they seemed to send their two biggest officers to bring him in.

FredJOhnson
FredJOhnson

@David G @Nick11766 You two need to look up what bigoted means.  While his post is irrelevant to this article because Hernandez is a citizen, his point is a valid one.  He made no racial slurs, just pointed out that illegals DO kill white people, which is truth. The murder rate amongst illegal aliens is unreal.

And the government is constantly violating the Constitution and taking away our rights one at a time.. because they can.

harryabolini
harryabolini

@kls525 His hope is that he'll have enough left to buy a few gross of condoms per year for his new boyfriends.

Reny757
Reny757

@Horsense @quailridge1 Since you're apparently a lawyer or you stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night, how is something guaranteed and then negated? Then the 16 million really isn't guaranteed is it? I would think as a lawyer wannabe myself, the remaining portion of his contract is voided, not the up front money. He's already received it. You think he's gonna give it back? And that there's a clause thats says if he screws up, he's gotta give it back. I doubt the collective bargaining agreement with the league is set up that way.

renhoekk1
renhoekk1

@CitizenPiper @tgm929 I forget who said it first but there is a saying that money doesn't change someone, it just makes them more of who they really are.

Orange Crush
Orange Crush

@FredJOhnson @David G @Nick11766 By posting this here he is inferring that because Hernandez is hispanic he is illegal. Whites, african americans, hispanics, asians, all kill people at astonishing rates. So what is the point he and you are really trying to make here. There are good and bad people of all walks of life and your bigotry is blinding you. I know a lot of illegals and the vast majority are good, hard working people.

FredJOhnson
FredJOhnson

@Reny757 @Horsense @quailridge1  What you fail to realize is players are NOT paid guaranteed money all up front.  They are doled that money out every year... so the Patriots will keep most of the $16 million.. most likely they have only paid out less than $4 million of that amount.

YirminSnipe
YirminSnipe

@Orange Crush @Reny757 @Horsense @quailridge1 Doesn't matter what the contract says or how it is set up.  You can't get blood from a turnip and the odds of them getting any of the money back are close to zero.  What hasn't already been spent will be spent on the lawyers going forward until the guy is broke, doesn't matter if he gets off or not he will be bankrupt.

Orange Crush
Orange Crush

@Reny757 @Horsense @quailridge1 It actually is set up that way and yes I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. They won't get all of it back, but can get a good chunk of it back.