Former University of Florida football player and New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs Wednesday morning.
His arrest comes more than a week after a Boston semi-pro football player was found dead in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez’s house.
Less than two hours following his arrest, the Patriots announced they had released the 23-year-old.
A 27-year-old semi-pro football player for the Boston Bandits was found dead on June 17. Officials ruled the death a homicide but have not mentioned how the man died.
At this time it is unclear why Hernandez was taken into custody Wednesday before 9 a.m. from his North Attleborough home.
Hernandez was arrested on a state police warrant at about 8:45 a.m. and was booked at the North Attleborough police station, according to police. State police refuse to discuss the case against Hernandez until it’s presented in Attleboro District Court later Wednesday.
At around 10:20 a.m., the Patriots announced they had released Hernandez.
The following statement was released by the Patriots:
“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.”