New England Patriots’ Hernandez Arrested in Massachusetts
By Don Jeffrey - Jun 26, 2013 11:27 AM ET
Aaron Hernandez, a tight end on the New England Patriots football team, was arrested this morning by police in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, in connection with a murder.
Hernandez will be arraigned today in district court in Attleboro, Massachusetts, according to an e-mailed statement from the office of Bristol County District Attorney Samuel Sutter.
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is seen after being arrested and led out of his home in handcuffs in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. Photographer: George Rizer/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
Police have been investigating the murder of Odin Lloyd, 27, whose body was found in an industrial park in North Attleboro on June 17, according to the district attorney’s office. The Patriots said in a statement today that they have released Hernandez from the team “following his arrest in the investigation of a homicide last week.”
“A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss,” the Patriots said in the e-mailed statement. “Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation.”
Lloyd, a semi-pro football player, was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée, and the two men had been together before the body was found, according to reports by the Associated Press. The AP said the police have searched Hernandez’s home and vehicle and the surrounding area, including a pond.
Michael Fee, a lawyer for Hernandez, didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment on the arrest.
The Patriots selected Hernandez in the fourth round of the 2010 draft out of the University ofFlorida. He was an All-American and the 2009 winner of the John Mackey Award as college football’s top tight end.
In three years with the Patriots, the 6-foot-1, 245-pound tight end had 175 receptions for 1,956 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Hernandez and fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski combined for 40 touchdowns in the past two National Football League seasons. Gronkowski has had at least five surgeries on his arm and back in the offseason and was expected to open training camp on the physically unable to perform list, according to ESPN.
Hernandez missed six games last season due to injuries.
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