Breaking: Aaron Hernandez released by Patriots after being taken into custody

Aaron Hernandez has been at the center of a police investigation into the death of Odin Lloyd for the past week.  Police have searched his home repeatedly and there have been reports of Hernandez's impending arrest for days.  Early Wednesday morning, Hernandez was finally arrested and taken into custody by police.  This was confirmed by the Massachusetts State Police on Twitter…

Only 47 minutes after that tweet was sent, the New England Patriots had their own news to break on Twitter.  Just after he was led out of his own home in handcuffs, Aaron Hernandez was released by the franchise…

Of course, Hernandez's football career is far from anyone's mind at this point as we await what charges are to be levied against the former Patriots tight end.  The immediate release likely is a sign there are more details in this case to come that aren't good for Hernandez.  The Pats also released this statement on the team's website that puts football in its proper perspective…

“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.”  

Hernandez signed a 5 year, $40 million dollar contract extension with the Patriots last August.

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