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New England Patriots Release Aaron Hernandez Following Arrest

Football player Aaron Hernandez was arrested on Wednesday and is expected to appear in court.

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New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was released from the football team shortly after being arrested Wednesday morning, more than a week after a body was found near his Massachusetts home.

Hernandez has been under investigation in connection with the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player, whose body was found about a mile from Hernandez's home on June 17.

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Hernandez, 23, was placed in handcuffs and put in a police cruiser Wednesday morning, according to NBC News. Police have searched his home several times during the past week.

Lloyd's family said he and Hernandez were friend who had been together the previous day, according to The New York Times. Published reports have indicated Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

Massachusetts State Police announced via Twitter that Hernandez will be arraigned at the Attleboro District Court on Wednesday, but will not release the charge against him until it is presented in court.

 

A group of about five police cars arrived just before 9 a.m. on Wednesday outside Hernandez's home, where media have been staked out for days, according to The Boston Globe. About five minutes later, Hernandez was escorted from the house with a white T-shirt pulled over his torso, with his hands cuffed behind his back. He was put into a marked North Attleboro cruiser and then driven to the police station where he is currently being booked.

Hernandez's attorney Michael Fee issued a statement on Monday saying he has been the victim of rumors and misinformation.

"None of these false reports come from official sources and we appreciate the professionalism and restraint shown by the Bristol County District Attorney's Office to date with regard to its public statements while its investigation is underway," he said in the statement. "Out of respect for that ongoing investigation, we will continue to refrain from commenting on its substance."

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The Patriots also announced on Twitter on Wednesday that they will be releasing Hernandez.

"A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss," the team said in a statement. "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."

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