Aaron Hernandez who is now a former Patriot tight end was taken into custody Wednesday morning facing murder charge of Odin Lloyd.
Just in a week Hernandez life has spiraled out of control. he went from having a dream career, house, car and everything else valuable. To losing the most valuable thing, his freedom. Without jumping to conclusions, if Hernandez is found to be guilty then he can be seen as an example how one bad choice can change your life forever. Hernandez should have learned from OJ Simpson. Yes, OJ was found not guilty but look at all he had to go through to get out of jail. Just for him to end up right back in jail. How can someone who has almost everything visually, risk it over a bad decision?
After Hernandez was taken into custody today the New England Patriots issued this 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 NFL also issued a statement:
The involvement of an NFL player in a case of this nature is deeply troubling. The Patriots have released Aaron Hernandez, who will have his day in court. At the same time, we should not forget the young man who was the victim in this case and take this opportunity to extend our deepest sympathy to Odin Lloyds family and friends.
Below is a timeline given by CBSSports of Hernandez downfall:
- Last Tuesday, it was reported that Hernandez had been questioned by police but he was not believed to be a suspect of any kind. At that point, the reports were that Lloyd might be an associate of Hernandez’s.
- On Wednesday, Hernandez was not ruled out as a suspect, and the vehicle that was rented in his name had become a major piece of the investigation. After searching his home Tuesday, police returned Wednesday, but Hernandez was not home at the time.News also emerged Wednesday that Hernandez was to be sued by a man whom he allegedly shot in the face in February. It later came out that Alexander Bradly is a convicted drug dealer.
- On Thursday, reports emerged that Hernandez was “directly tied” to the homicide.”[Hernandez] has not been ruled out. We are not calling him a suspect, but he is definitely not in the clear,” a police official close to the investigation told ABC News. Hernandez also apparently turned over to police a cellphone that had been smashed, while his home security system had been destroyed. It was also revealed a cleaning crew reportedly had done work at Hernandez’s home early in the week.There were also conflicting reports on whether Hernandez would be arrested. Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated reported Hernandez had been involved in at least two other gun-related incidents. One reportedly occured in Providence last May, when a Jets fan confronted Hernandez and police later found a gun under a car (though it was unclear whose gun it was). The other occurred when he attended Florida in 2007, when he was questioned by police regarding a shooting that happened after a Florida-Auburn game (Hernandez was not considered a suspect in that case).
- On Friday, there were multiple reports that an arrest warrant had been issued for Hernandez, but the Attleboro (Mass.) Clerk of Courts told CBSSports.com’s Will Brinson, “We have nothing issued from this court right now.” CytoSport, makers of Muscle Milk, announced Friday that it was ending Hernandez’s endorsement deal. During the weekend, more than a dozen officers and two K-9 dogs arrived at Hernandez’s house and conducted a search that lasted nearly four hours. Investigators left with multiple bags of what were assumed to be evidence.
- On Monday, police returned to Hernandez’s residence, and some in scuba gear with metal detectors investigated the creek near his house. By Monday evening, Hernandez’s attorney, Michael Fee, issued a statement ripping the media for “relentless flood of rumors, misinformation, and false reports,” regarding his client. “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,” Fee continued. “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.