ESPN NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. — Aaron Hernandez was arrested Wednesday morning, more than a week after an acquaintance of the New England Patriots tight end was found dead in an industrial park near his house. Less than two hours following his arrest, Hernandez was released by the Patriots, who announced the transaction on their official Twitter account. The Bristol County District Attorney’s office released a statement officially announcing Hernandez’s arrest, although charges were not disclosed. Hernandez was arrested by Massachusetts State Police, who obtained the arrest warrant, and was booked at the North Attleborough Police station. The Massachusetts State Police announced on its official Twitter account that the charges against Hernandez will not be revealed until his arraignment Wednesday at Attleboro District Court. Hernandez, wearing a white V-neck T-shirt, long red athletic shorts and black sneakers, was led around 9 a.m. ET from the front door of his mansion with his hands in handcuffs behind his back inside the shirt and placed into a police cruiser, which quickly drove away. He casually spit into some bushes on his way to the car. Hernandez remains at the center of an investigation involving the shooting death of 27-year-old acquaintance Odin Lloyd. State police officers and dogs had searched Hernandez’s home for more than 3½ hours Saturday. ABC News on Friday reported that authorities were expected to execute an arrest warrant at some point for Hernandez for obstruction of justice. Michael Fee, an attorney for Hernandez, released a statement Monday night that read: “Over the past week, our client, Aaron Hernandez, has been the subject of a relentless flood of rumors, misinformation, and false reports in the media. These include the repeated publication of a supposedly confirmed report that an arrest warrant had been issued for Aaron, a report that was exposed as untrue. “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. Out of respect for that ongoing investigation, we will continue to refrain from commenting on its substance.” The arrest warrant was prepared last week after police discovered that the security system at Hernandez’s home, along with his cellphone, were destroyed, sources told ABC News. Surveillance video from the neighborhood shows Hernandez with Lloyd and two other people hours before Lloyd was killed last week, sources confirmed to ABC News late Thursday. Reporters have been camped out for days at Hernandez’s sprawling home on the Rhode Island line, not far from the stadium where the Patriots play. The Patriots drafted Hernandez, who is originally from Bristol, Conn., out of the University of Florida in 2010. Last summer, the team gave him a five-year contract worth $40 million.
I am not shocked that Aaron Hernandez was arrested, we have to assume that he will do some jail time, at least for obstruction of justice and at most for first degree murder.
I am surprised that the Patriots released Hernandez, in this country you are innocent until proven guilty, and he is such a talented player. Maybe the Patriots know something we don’t at this stage of the investigation process.
Here is what we know:
– Four men went to a bar drinking, one of them Aaron Hernandez, another was the victim Odin Lloyd. This is confirmed by bar patrons, bar security cameras, and messages on the victim’s cellphone. Lloyd was confirmed to be an “associate” of Hernandez.
– The four men left the bar together in a rental car driven by Hernandez.
– Three men returned to Hernandez’ house that night. The other two sill unidentified men left the next morning.
– The body of a man, later identified as Odin Lloyd, was found a mile from the Hernandez home. Lloyd was shot to death, I have heard reports that he was shot once in the head, but also that he suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
– A rental car, which was registered to Hernandez, was found near the body. This is the same car Hernandez drove that night.
– By the time authorities arrived at the Hernandez residence, Hernandez had destroyed his home security system, his cell phone, and paid a cleaning crew to clean his home from top to bottom.
– Hernandez was uncooperative with police.
– Police divers searched a pond near the Hernandez home.
The Patriots had every right to release their employee, and if Hernandez is exonerated, he will not have a problem finding work again in the NFL. The building evidence against the star right end is starting to add up though, and things look bad for Hernandez right now, we here at SportSmasher.com hope Odin Lloyd’s killer and all those involved in his murder are brought to justice.
UPDATE: Aaron Hernandez has been charged with murder and five gun related charges. He pleads not guilty to all counts. Get ready for a ton of rumors and “Twitter lawyers” during the coming months.