The New England Patriots wasted no time distancing themselves from Aaron Hernandez after the tight end was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on Wednesday. Less than two hours after the arrest, the Pats announced they released Hernandez. They have continued to cut ties from Hernandez as he faces serious charges.
Hernandez’s jersey is no longer being advertised for sale at the Patriots’ Proshop online. A search for “Hernandez” in the pro shop returned no results.
You can find Tim Tebow, Stevan Ridley, Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady and Danny Amendola jerseys for sale. Even Danny Woodhead, Wes Welker, and Deion Branch jerseys are available, though those are being sold at discounted prices.
The jerseys have been removed from NFLShop.com.
“We decided it was the appropriate step to take,” an NFL spokesman told USA Today.
Is the team and league acting in this manner because they have more information about the investigation than the public? Regardless, it seems like they are handling the situation appropriately given the severity of the charges.
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