According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, the New England Patriots didn’t know that former tight end Aaron Hernandez was going to be charged with murder when they cut him after his arrest earlier this week.
When the Patriots cut Aaron Hernandez 90 minutes after he was arrested on live television Wednesday morning, many people assumed the team knew Hernandez was about to be charged with first-degree murder, as well as five other weapons charges.
Not so, according to a high-ranking Patriots executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
The source reiterated to the Globe late Friday that the Patriots’ brain trust, led by Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick, decided late last week to cut Hernandez if he were to be arrested in connection with the murder in any way. The source said the team’s leaders expected Hernandez to be arrested for obstruction of justice, and were “taken aback” when he was charged with murder later that afternoon.
“We had no inside knowledge,” the source said. “Did it matter to us? No. We were not going to have somebody on the team that’s close to a murder.”
In the end, the Patriots made the right move. They have to focus on the upcoming season instead of trying to defend a man who’s allegedly a murderer.