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.

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Source: Ethan Grant | Bleacher Report

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Arrest Warrant Issued For Patriots’ Aaron Hernandez

Arrest Warrant Issued For Patriots' Aaron HernandezNew England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez reportedly has an arrest warrant issued for obstruction of justice.

‘Smashed intentionally’

ABC News’ Michele McPhee provides an interesting update on the state of Hernandez’s security system and cell phone:

The investigator, and other law enforcement sources, confirmed that the security system—which included video surveillance—was smashed intentionally… And a cell phone used by Hernandez was handed over to investigators “in pieces” by his attorneys, the sources said.

A law enforcement source told FOX 25 Wednesday night Hernandez appears to be directly tied to the homicide of Odin Lloyd… FOX 25’s Bob Ward’s sources have confirmed that there is video evidence of Hernandez and two other men wearing hooded sweatshirts walking into Hernandez’s home within minutes of neighbors hearing gunshots… Just about an hour before Hernandez was caught on video walking into his home, Hernandez was seen at Lloyd’s home in Dorchester.

‘Paper warrant’

A source told FOX 25’s Bob Ward that the warrant, for obstruction of justice, was issued early Friday morning. The source says the warrant is what is known as a “paper warrant.” State Police are not executing it for the time being. If the warrant were entered into the system, any police officer could immediately arrest Hernandez.

Police reportedly developed an interest in questioning Hernandez after a rental car became an integral piece of evidence in the murder of a 27-year-old Boston man, whose body was found on Monday within a mile of Hernandez’s home. It’s unclear whether he was murdered in that location or dropped there.

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Source: Tyler Conway | Bleacher Report

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