After Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested Wednesday morning in the murder investigation of a 27-year-old Boston man who was found a mile from his home, the New England Patriots announced on Twitter that the franchise has released him.
The New England #Patriots have released Aaron Hernandez.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) June 26, 2013
The Patriots have since released a statement:
“A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. 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.”