The Patriots knew they were taking a risk when they drafted Aaron Hernandez in 2010.
A first-round talent, Hernandez slipped to the Patriots in the fourth round due to off-field character issues.
Just shy of his fourth year with the team, Hernandez is now gone after being released by the Patriots Wednesday as a result of his arrest and eventual murder charge in connection with the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.
However, this isn't the first time the Patriots have taken a risk on players with character issues in recent years, and The Boston Herald's Ron Borges discussed the effects of these kinds of gambles on UNO Sports Tonight.
"They got further and further out there as their talent began to dwindle, as all other teams do historically and have taken more and more risks," Borges said. "They've drawn the line in the sand. Murder is not acceptable...I think the clear message here is: You gamble on these guys, and you're gonna win some, but you're gonna lose more than you win because when you lose one like this it's like losing 100."
For more of what Borges had to say about Hernandez and the Patriots, check out the video above.