New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was led from his suburban home in Massachusetts in handcuffs early Wednesday morning, according to the NFL.
The Patriots star has been taken into custody after three police cars, including two unmarked vehicles, showed up at his house in North Attleboro, Mass.
The 23-year-old was led away wearing a white t-shirt and red sports shorts, before he was driven to the North Attleborough police station. No charges have been confirmed so far.
Police have been running a homicide investigation following the death of semi-pro footballer Odin Lloyd. The 27-year-old was found dead at 5:30pm on 17 June, and Lloyd's family confirmed to the Associated Press that Lloyd had connections to Hernandez.
Lloyd was discovered in an industrial park within one mile of Hernandez's home, and reports have subsequently claimed Lloyd was in a relationship with the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. The two were thought to be friends.
The Patriots' player's home has been searched several times in the past week, with reports suggesting Hernandez had taken action to destroy surveillance tapes and hired a cleaner to clear up his house.
Hernandez signed a new contract extension with the Patriots worth close to $40m with bonuses less than 12 months ago.
The Patriots and the NFL have said they will not comment while the investigation is ongoing.
The New England Patriots annouced via Twitter less than two hours after Hernandez was taken into custody that the player will be released.
The Patriots tweet said: "The New England #Patriots have released Aaron Hernandez."