Jun 26, 2013; North Attleborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots former tight end Aaron Hernandez (left) stands with his attorney Michael Fee as he is arraigned in Attleboro District Court. Hernandez is charged with first degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd. Mandatory Credit: The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports
All this changed starting on June 18, 2013 when North Attleboro, Massachusetts police served Hernandez with a search warrant at his home. Police stated Hernandez destroyed a home security system and turned over a cell phone to police in pieces. The next day, Hernandez went to Gillette Stadium, where he was asked to leave by the Patriots front office stating they did not want a media stakeout. On June 26, 2013, police arrested Hernandez at his home, at which time about 90 minutes later, Robert Kraft and the Patriots made a statement by releasing the newly long-term signed Hernandez. Hernandez was arraigned later in the day and formally charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, a friend and linebacker of the semi-pro football team, the Boston Bandits.
Wherever this investigation goes, it is safe to say the career of Aaron Hernandez as a New England Patriot is over. Hernandez seemed to have it all, signing a new contract, a young family, and what every NFL player is seeking, a sense of long-term security. Again, it is important to stress that the legal system has to do its due diligence and Hernandez is innocent until proven guilty.