The England Patriots have released tight end Aaron Hernandez after his arrest by the police for his alleged role in the murder of one of his associates. We still do not know what he is being charged with, but Bill Belichick and the Patriots have seen enough.
As always with any major breaking news story, the hive mind of Twitter had plenty to say on the matter.
Let’s take a look at some of the best of the best.
Arrests don't equal guilt (no matter what fans will say about Hernandez). And even if he is guilty, that doesn't mean he'll go to jail.
— Michael Schottey (@Schottey) June 26, 2013
Patriots decision to release Hernandez tells me they want nothing to do with this situation and expect it to get worse.
— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) June 26, 2013
Aaron Hernandez got a $12.5M signing bonus in August. Likely biggest cap hit for a team ever.
— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) June 26, 2013
Honestly the only surprise about the Patriots releasing Aaron Hernandez is that it even took this long.
— Michael Smith (@michaelsmith) June 26, 2013
WOW: Patriots announce they have released Aaron Hernandez. Did I say WOW? WOW.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 26, 2013
People really thought the Patriots were gonna keep Aaron Hernandez in the wake of his debacle? By last Thursday his fate was sealed
— Mace Hindu (@dharmicX) June 26, 2013
Aaron Hernandez brings a whole new meaning to handcuffing your fantasy TE.
— Jackson Parker (@jaxparker) June 26, 2013
Clearly Pats response to Aaron Hernandez's alleged involvement in death the opposite of Cowboys' with Josh Brent. And Hernandez far better
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) June 26, 2013
So there you have it. It appears the majority of the Twitter verse is shocked at the news, especially considering he has not been proven innocent or guilty at this time.
Either way expect the Hernandez speculation on Twitter and in the world of the media to only get worse. There will be speculation on whether or not he is innocent, whether or not the league will suspend him, and of course, there will be articles asking if your favorite team should take a look at him now that he is a free agent.
Brace yourself for all of that.
Keep it locked here as we’ll have more official news about Hernandez when it happens.
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