Former Teammate on Hernandez: 'Great Friend,' 'Love Him to Death'

Deion Branch, who was a former teammate of Aaron Hernandez said Hernandez was a "great guy" and "great teammate" and hoped Hernandez did not have anything to do with the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez has pled not guilty to the first-degree murder charge and is currently in jail, having been denied bail twice. 

“Aaron is a great guy and a great friend of mine and a great teammate,” Branch told the Albany Herald on Saturday. “I love him to death, and it was shocking to hear his name involved in this situation. I truly hope and pray he doesn’t have any dealings with it.”

Branch continued, “That’s my guy. It really shocked me. He was a great kid. Overall, I hope the best that he isn’t involved with it and I hope he gets his name cleared, but most importantly I send my prayers and condolences out to the Lloyd family.”

The former Patriot did also note that "nobody deserves to walk, whoever the person is that did it."

“Most of all what we as Americans need to understand is that is somebody’s child that was a victim," he said. "That’s somebody’s dad, and my prayers and thoughts go out to his family and hope that they bring whoever did this to their child to justice, regardless of who it is.”




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