The kid fooled everyone.
He covered up the other half of his life for three seasons with the New England Patriots.
Ultimately, Aaron Hernandez’ association with the team came to a screeching end with his arrest at home yesterday morning in North Attleborough.
The gang-style life that Hernandez apparently embraced from his childhood days into his three seasons with the Patriots, finally landed the 23-year-old with the arrogant smile in a whole heap of trouble.
Hours before District Attorney William McCauley laid out the six-count case against Hernandez in Attleboro District Court, the Patriots had seen enough, releasing the player they had only 10 months earlier given a $40-million contract extension.
The Patriots released this statement via email:
“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.”
The team didn’t wait for a trial. Heck, Coach Bill Belichick and team owner Bob Kraft didn’t even listen to McCauley as he rolled through a timeline of the alleged murder of Odin L. Lloyd. It was backed by text messages, cell phone signals and surveillance cameras from North Attleborough, up into Boston and back.
McCauley summed it up succinctly, that Hernandez, “drove the victim to the remote spot and orchestrated his execution.”
Judge Daniel O’Shea heard enough from the prosecution that he deemed no bail would be allowed to Hernandez, who will now await his day in court from behind bars instead of his new $1.3 million mini-mansion.