Aaron Hernandez has been released by the New England Patriots following his arrest.

Hernandez has been embroiled in a homicide investigation since June 18 and his arrest has forced the Patriots to cut their ties with their former star.

In a statement on their official website, the Patriots stated: "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 realise 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."

It is very hard to argue against that sentiment and the move could cost Hernandez up to $37 million such was the lucrative nature of his contract with the club.

The NFL also broke their silence over the matter, with spokesman Greg Aiello releasing a statement saying: “The involvement of an NFL player in a case of this nature is deeply troubling.

"The Patriots have released Aaron Hernandez, who will have his day in court. At the same time, we should not forget the young man who was the victim in this case and take this opportunity to extend our deepest sympathy to Odin Lloyd's family and friends."

Hernandez had been signed by the Patriots in 2010, as a fourth round draft pick, and he went on to impress in his next two seasons at the club, leading to him being offered a long-term deal worth nearly $40 million in 2012, but today's release has cut this contract short.

 

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