The New England Patriots have taken a further step in their attempts to distance themselves from tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is currently embroiled in a homicide investigation.
The Patriots, who released Hernandez almost immediately after he was arrested and led out of his home in handcuffs, announced that they will allow fans to bring any #81 Hernandez jersey purchased from the ProShop at Gillette Stadium and exchange it for another team jersey of comparative price.
The Patriots state that they hope this move will be "well received by parents" who may not want their children wearing a Hernandez jersey, due to the nature of the accusations against him.
This has been received positively by fans who see this as a typical example of the Patriots way of doing business.
The team has acted quickly to sever its ties with Hernandez, and many fans are appreciative of the opportunity to change Jerseys without having to fully purchase a jersey of a different Patriots player.
The move of course also works well for the franchise, which will be looking to massively reduce the number of Hernandez Patriots jerseys in circulation and therefore reduce the impact that any future developments in the investigation may have on the image and reputation of the franchise.
The jersey exchange will take place on the weekend of Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7 at the ProShop in Gillette Stadium.
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