Aaron Hernandez released by New England Patriots

Hernandez released by Patriots
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The New England Patriots release tight end Aaron Hernandez following his arrest as part of a murder case.

The New England Patriots have released tight end Aaron Hernandez following his arrest as part of a murder investigation.

The 23-year-old was recently held by police after the body of semi-professional American football player Odin Lloyd was found in an industrial park close to his home.

A Patriots statement read: "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 joined the Patriots in 2010.

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in action on January 20, 2013
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