The New England Patriots were likely stunned when news broke that their star tight end had been arrested for first-degree murder. But don’t expect them to say ANYTHING about the ongoing case.
Aaron Hernandez’s arrest and first-degree murder charges on June 26 shocked the world, the NFL, and most definitely Aaron’s teammates on the New England Patriots. But we shouldn’t hold our breath waiting to hear any of the Patriots players’ reactions — a source tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively that if a player — even Tom Brady — talks about the case, they’ll be cut from the team immediately, just like Aaron was.
New England Patriots Cannot Talk About Aaron Hernandez
“Team members that talk about it will be dropped from the team,” a source close to the organization said. The zero tolerance policy is a smart mandate to have — because of the seriousness of the crime Aaron is being charged with, there’s no real benefit that could come about from a Patriots player commenting. Either the team will look bad because they’re supporting an alleged murderer, or they’ll look bad because they’re trash-talking someone.
The Patriots have had a very admirable, cut-and-dry approach to this shocking Aaron Hernandez situation. Almost immediately after he was arrested on June 26, but before he was charged with murder, the team swiftly decided to cut ties with him, even though he’s one of the best players in the league. They explained their decision in a statement:
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.
Matt Light: I Never Believed In Aaron Hernandez
There has been one teammate to comment on Aaron’s arrest, but that’s only because he’s a former teammate no longer on the Patriots. Matt Light, who played with Aaron for two years before retiring, stated that he always had a bad feeling about his ex-teammate. “I never talk about other guys, but I will say I have never embraced – never believed in – anything Aaron Hernandez stood for,” Matt told the Dayton Daily News.
That’s a pretty telling, strong statement.
Though the Patriots will be remaining mum, this world-shattering case is far from over. Make sure to stay tuned into HollywoodLife.com for all the updates on Aaron Hernandez.
— Andrew Gruttadaro