Robert Kraft: Aaron Hernandez Duped Us

Robert Kraft Aaron Hernandez Duped UsNew England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has broken his silence on former tight end Aaron Hernandez, saying that he and the organization were “duped” if the allegations surrounding Hernandez’s role in the murder of Odin Lloyd are true.

‘Unthinkable act’

Kraft, reportedly speaking against the advice of a general counsel, had this to say about the decisions his franchise has made since the accusations first came to light:

Following Aaron’s arrest, I read a number of different accounts of how things transpired in our organization. Let me be clear: We decided the week prior to Aaron’s arrest that if Aaron was arrested in connection with the Lloyd murder case that we would cut him immediately after.

The rationale behind that decision was that if any member of the New England Patriots organization is close enough to a murder investigation to actually get arrested—whether it be for obstruction of justice or the crime itself, it is too close to an unthinkable act for that person to be part of this organization going forward.

‘Double life’

New England followed through on that preconceived plan by releasing Hernandez at the time of his arrest, per the team’s official website. According to Kraft (via Reiss), the Patriots had no idea Hernandez was allegedly living a double life outside of his time with the team. As Kraft said in the interview, “He knew how to push my buttons.”

The latest surrounding Hernandez’s criminal trial came from Kevin Manahan of USA Today, who reported on Monday that the district attorney in charge of the case has yet to officially name Hernandez as the accused shooter in Lloyd’s murder.

Do you think Aaron Hernandez is really guilty of the charges against him? Feel free to share your speculations with us!

Source: Ethan Grant | Bleacher Report

Image: Ex-Pats

Gun Store Owner Cancels Mark Kelly’s Rifle Purchase

Gun Store Owner Cancels Mark Kelly's Rifle PurchaseA Tucson gun store owner has decided to rescind the sale of a military-style rifle to Mark Kelly, the husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, after Kelly said he had intended the purchase to make a political point about how easy it is to obtain the kind of firearms he’s lobbying Congress to ban.

‘Terminate the transaction’

But Kelly couldn’t immediately take possession of the rifle because the shop had bought it from a customer. As a result, the store is required by a Tucson ordinance to hold the gun for 20 days to give the city enough time to make sure the weapon wasn’t used in a crime.

Store owner Doug MacKinlay said Monday in a Facebook post of his own that he “determined that was in my company’s best interest to terminate this transaction prior to his returning to my store.”

‘Accusations of hypocrisy’

“While I support and respect Mark Kelly’s 2nd Amendment rights to purchase, possess, and use firearms in a safe and responsible manner, his recent statements to the media made it clear that his intent in purchasing the Sig Sauer M400 5.56mm rifle from us was for reasons other then for his personal use,” MacKinlay said in the statement.

Kelly’s purchase of the guns sparked accusations of hypocrisy from gun-rights supporters, with many on Facebook focusing on his motivations and the rules for purchasing such guns. Kelly, a former astronaut, said he intended to eventually hand in the rifle to Tucson police but planned to keep the handgun.

Do you think Mark Kelly’s reason for purchasing the rifle was justified? Or does the store owner score more brownie points for cancelling the purchase? Tell us your opinion regarding gun control laws!

Source: Fox News

Image: AZ Capitol Times