New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez has officially been arrested on Wednesday morning, although the charges will not be announced until Hernandez is arraigned later this afternoon. Hernandez has been linked to the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was believed to be a friend of the Patriots’ tight end. The two were together just hours before Lloyd was murdered, which led to the opening of a criminal investigation into Hernandez. Further complicating things for the former Florida Gators troubled standout was the fact that Hernandez destroyed his cell phone and home surveillance system. An arrest warrant was long suspected since the end of last week, but it became official this morning as the Bristol County District Attorney’s office released a statement officially announcing Hernandez’s arrest, although charges were not disclosed. He was led out of his house around 9 a.m. ET from the front door of his mansion, wearing a white V-neck T-shirt, long red athletic shorts and black sneakers.
The question is, will this arrest led to the Patriots releasing Hernandez in the coming weeks, depending on the charges and whether or not he is found guilty of obstruction of justice. If Hernandez is charged and/or convicted of murder, then a release will already be a foregone conclusion.
The Patriots knew what they were getting when they drafted Hernandez out of Florida back in 2012. He was allegedly involved in gang activity then, as well as possibly prior to heading to Gainesville, as Hernandez is originally from the Bristol, Connecticut area. His past problems are the reason why he slipped down to the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. From a pure talent perspective, Hernandez could have easily been a first or second round pick. New England rolled the dice, and it may not have worked out as well as they hoped after they signed him to a five year contract worth $40 million last summer.
The NFL has a morals and ethics clause in every contract. After watching so many of its players get tangled up in criminal activity, the league had all 32 teams place these clauses into the players’ contracts. While Hernandez signed a deal where he may not have to forfeit a $2.5 million bonus, the Patriots could certainly look to cut/waive/release Hernandez, especially depending on how things play out following his arrest.
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