New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (59) and strong safety Bernard Pollard (31) during the first quarter of the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Aaron Hernandez will be arrested

This is it. New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will reportedly be arrested “in connection” with the murder of semi-pro Boston football player Odin Lloyd, according to a law enforcement source close to the Boston Globe’s Steve Silva. This is crushing news for sure, and it is something that isn’t surprising given all the of the negative, recent news.

First off, Aaron Hernandez’s rental car was reportedly found at the scene of the crime, and he was reportedly the driver of the rental car. Need I mention the fact that he rented a car under his own name in his own town? The North Attleboro murder still hasn’t been solved, and this is just a report from Silva that hasn’t been confirmed yet. But Silva is as reliable as they come, and it is definitely believable that Hernandez had a role in the slaying of a man who dated his girlfriend’s sister.

Just because Hernandez has been arrested doesn’t mean he did it, but it means that he almost certainly had a role. My prediction is that he’ll get arrested as an accomplice, and he had to have at least known about the murder based on all the facts that came out yesterday. There’s still a chance he is innocent and a chance that this report from Silva is wrong since he is just “hearing”, so we’ll definitely have to wait for some confirmation on something this big. But this is all playing into our worst fears, and I still can’t believe a big-name NFL player like Aaron Hernandez would be this stupid.

Innocent until proven guilty, but don’t back up Hernandez at all costs here; he isn’t in that position anymore.

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