New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) gets past Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis (52) during the first quarter of the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots decided to release Aaron Hernandez if arrested

The New England Patriots decision to swiftly release tight end Aaron Hernandez following his release this morning was reportedly a week in the making and not just an impromptu move of justice. According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the Patriots came up with a plan last week to release Hernandez if he was arrested for anything, and that’s irrelevant of if he was arrested for obstruction of justice or for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

This helps us make sense of the situation a little bit, and it goes behind a no-nonsense policy that is also filled with class. They made an incredible statement that was heartfelt at its roots, and they backed it up by releasing Hernandez for his involvement. The Patriots didn’t care what the arrest was for; he already tarnished them enough. If you understand how the Patriots operate in general terms, then this release shouldn’t surprise you.

A source told Pro Football Talk in an early piece that we should expect the worst when it comes to Hernandez’s charges, and apparently his arraignment does not have a bail. We will learn the exact charges at the arraignment scheduled for 2:00 p.m. ET, but we learned plenty enough today about the Patriots mindset and their plan to release Hernandez if arrested of anything. I am for this plan, and it seems like all that we have learned in this investigation points to a grim sentence for Hernandez later on.

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