Patriots Announce They have Released TE Aaron Hernandez

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June 26, 2013 at 10:27am ET

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In a shocking turn of events, the Patriots have announced they have released tight end Aaron Hernandez.

The announcement comes following reports Hernandez was taken into police custody early Wednesday morning, and while Massachusetts State Police said that they won't reveal the charges against him until later this afternoon during his arraignment, it's clear the team must know enough to feel they don't want to be a part of what's about to transpire.

The team released the following 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.”

The former 2010 4th round draft pick finishes his career in New England having caught 175 catches for 1,1956 yards and 18 touchdowns.